After revealing the UK price for its Kangoo Van Z.E. and Twizy in recent months, the electric vehicle campaign of Renault proceeds with the confirmation of the cost for Fluence Z.E., the company’s version of the third model in its zero-emission family. It is also the most affordable electric vehicle in the United Kingdom.
The vehicle, which is a five-seat, four-door unit, cruises silently onto UK streets in 2012, although the company has been accepting pre-reservations already for the vehicle through renault-ze.com.
The company is preparing for a record increase in interest for the vehicle now that the price has been confirmed to be only £17,850 (after the £5,000 UK Plug-In Car Grant has been deducted).
Renault believes that the Fluence Z.E. will achieve its goal to make electric vehicles affordable for all. With this pricing, the model costs significantly less than the zero-emission cars of similar size. It also costs a lot lower than the smaller and less practical superminis. The vehicle model will also be an appealing proposition for business and private customers.
So that the customers won’t have to worry in terms of battery maintenance and technology and to keep its overall cost within budget for as many customers as possible, a separate battery lease contract that starts at £75 per month would be made available. The monthly rate is based on 6,000 miles per year/3 years.
Sometime near the UK launch, additional details on mileage and contract length will be available. The version of Fluence Z.E., Prime Time, for initial launching comes with high level of features such as Carminat TomTom Live smart satellite navigation, climate control, ecoMeter, cruise control and 16” alloy wheels. The initial launch vehicle variants also come with charging sockets on both front wings.
The Fluence Z.E. offers a fun driving experience with its 70kW (95hp) power and generous 226Nm of instant torque on tap. It has a range of up to 115 miles, depending on road and driving conditions.