UK debut for new Renault Fluence electric car

The £17,850 Renault Fluence Z.E. saloon will debut at the EcoVelocity Motor Show at Battersea Power Station on 8 September, giving the UK public a first chance to take a look at the car before its launch next year.

The choice of power station is fitting because the Fluence is a purely electric car but unlike the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf before it, it boasts more traditional styling and space for four adults with ease.

Power comes from a 95hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery and charged via a standard mains socket or a fast charger.

The saloon boasts a 115-mile range and, with the help of the government’s £5,000 electric grant, costs just £17,850 on-the-road.

Renault has also avoided typical fears over the life of the battery by offering it on a three-year lease agreement from £75 per month (depending on mileage agreements). This means the car maker, not the owner, takes on the cost of the battery at the end of its life.

The new Renault Fluence Z.E. also boasts impressive amounts of equipment as standard, putting the car closer to the small executive saloon category. Equipment includes climate and cruise control, satellite navigation and 16″ alloy wheels in the UK.

The new Renault Fluence will be on show at EcoVelocity, a celebration of efficient and ‘green’ cars, between 8 and 11 September.

A final production version will go on sale in the first half of 2012, making it the second electric vehicle to be launched by Renault after the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. arrives at the end of 2011.

They will be followed by the Renault Zoe Z.E. electric supermini and the Renault Twizy, a quirky two-seat electric car with a stripped-back design and compact dimensions for city driving.