Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car
'Ullo, Jean, got a new motor?
Renault has price up its Fluence ZE to claim the EV will be the cheapest e-car in the UK when it arrives next year.
Its cost to you: £17,850 on-the-road after the government's £5,000 e-car grant, a price that "undercuts every other electric car in the UK".
True, that is rather more than the £6690 Renault is going to be asking for its Twizy e-car, but that, the company explained, is because Twizy is really a... ahem... quadbike.
The Fluence, on the other hand, is a five-seat, four-door saloon that, like the Twizy, will arrive en angleterre in the spring of 2012.
Sans exhaust pipe emissions, the Fluence offers 70kW (95hp) of power and a "generous" 226Nm of torque. The flagship model has a 115-mile range - Renault didn't say how far the cheapest model will go.
Meanwhile, Renault said in the release that it is "bracing itself for an unprecedented surge", whatever that means. ®
Don't bother, please
Unless you can make it for this cost and a REAL 300 mile MOTORWAY range (that is to say 70mph constant), then give up, or put a small battery in it and a small range extender. That's the only way that a car like this is usable unless you live in a city, and the idea of being screwed by a rental company every time you want to venture out absolutely delights you.
Any chance someone will make an e-car that can go a reasonable distance on a charge?
Nope. Greater range needs more power, which means more batteries, which means more weight, which means more power needed, etc, etc.
It's all a scam based around government subsidies anyway, like wind power.
Came to say the same thing
Best part of 20 grand on a car with a range of 57 miles if your planning on getting back home again.
Well it's probably more like 50 miles if you've got your mates in the back and a boot full of stuff. Or 45 if your being sensible about it, because it's not like you can walk down to the petrol station and buy a gallon of electricity when you run out.
So basically you're trying to sell me a car that I can barely take out the city, thanks but no thanks.