Renault Fluence EV to be produced in Turkey

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Renault appears intent on filling the markets with its electric vehicles as after it has revealed last week where it will be producing the zero-emission Kangoo Van, it now announces that its OYAK-Renault Bursa plant in Turkey will be making its electric version of Fluence. Production of the Fluence EV will start in the first half of 2011.

The Fluence electric vehicle, which is based on the Fluence Z.E. Concept, will be manufactured alongside the conventionally-powered versions. Having the electric, petrol and diesel versions produced at one plant will limit the entry price of the program.

It guarantees an industrial fast start, while ensuring top-level quality. Renault benefits from producing the future EV at Bursa, considering the plant'd reputation for making quality vehicles, its cost and lead times, as well as the perks of local sourcing.

Doing this also has the added result of being able to market the zero-emission saloon at the same low price as internal combustion models. Fluence, a midsized saloon aimed at strengthening Renault's international presence, offers the utmost elegance and comfort.

The electric model is offered with three battery charge options: standard charge, rapid charge and 'QuickDrop' battery exchange.

Fluence EV will be launched first in Israel and Denmark followed by other countries during the first half of 2011. The other cars in Renault's EV range will have four production sites.

The city car previewed by Zoe Z.E. Concept will be produced at Flins, France, while the electric Kangoo will be manufactured in Maubeuge, France. The vehicle based on Twizy Z.E. Concept will be built in Valladolid, Spain.

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