36-kWh battery pack on 2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. allows for 132-mile range

Article by Christian A., on November 25, 2017

Back in 2009, Renault introduced to us the Fluence, a compact sedan that was based on the Megane. Whether you remember it or not, that model is still available in many parts of the world such as South Korea, where it is referred to as the Samsung SM3. It was first built at a factory in Busan, and since then it has been available in an all-electric Z.E. (Zero Emission). After several years, the automaker will finally update the said model.

The former Samsung SM3 came equipped with a 22-kilowatt per hour battery pack, while the updated version will be given a bigger battery pack of 36-kWh. The best part about this is that it will not have an impact on the car’s weight. This new and improved battery will let the 2018 Samsung SM3 Z.E. drive for as far as 213 kilometers (132 miles) between charges. However, these are based on the Korean type approval cycle. Overall, the new SM3’s driving range has improved by 57 percent. In the real world (EPA estimated), that would probably be equivalent to 115-120 miles / 185-195 kilometers.

It was just the other day when the SM3 Zero Emission first made its reveal, during the Daegu International Future Auto Expo. In one of their studies, it was found that an average person’s daily trip around South Korea lasted for approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) last year. This was where Renault and Samsung based their development of the electric sedan, enabling it to run for about five days without the need for its battery to recharge. This will be the perfect choice for those who suffer from range anxiety. The SM3 Z.E. also is considered the market’s only three box saloon.

Gilles Normand, Renault senior VP for electric vehicles once said that Europe number one EV brand and pioneer that is Groupe Renault, is in the process of introducing second-generation versions of its original electric vehicles. As part of their Drive the Future plan, this process will enable Groupe Renault to strengthen its geographical and segment coverage and foster a step up in the electric vehicle market.

The reason why this model is quite popular in South Korea is because it is popular not just among regular customers but also among taxi operators and state-run fleets. The new battery update will make a lot of people happy. Furthermore, South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare bought at least 1,200 units of the Samsung SM3.

For now, the Renault Samsung electric vehicle will exclusively be released in the South Korean market. But there’s no reason for it not to also work in other continents like Europe. We can only hope.

Press Release

Renault Samsung Motors unveils the new SM3 Z.E.: increases range by more than 50%

Renault Samsung Motors this morning unveiled the new SM3 Z.E. at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea. Determined to upgrade its electric vehicle range to meet customer demand, and buoyed by the EV expertise it has gained over the past eight years, not to mention its status as the European market leader, Groupe Renault is continuing to renew its line-up, the latest example being the new version of the SM3 Z.E. which first appeared in 2013.

Said Gilles Normand, SVP, Electric Vehicle, Renault: “Groupe Renault, Europe’s number one EV brand and the market’s pioneer, is in the process of introducing second-generation versions of its electric vehicles. As laid out in our Drive the Future plan, this process will enable Groupe Renault to strengthen its geographical and segment coverage and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market.”

The autonomy of the Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. – the market’s only three-box saloon – has been increased by 57 percent to 213 kilometres based on the Korean type approval cycle.
Battery power has been upped to 36kWh with no increase in weight and, with the average daily trip in South Korea standing at 40 kilometres in 2016 according to a Korean Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) report, the new SM3 Z.E. is capable of running for approximately five days on a single charge.

This increase in autonomy and the model’s spacious cabin will permit the SM3 Z.E. to address the strong demand expressed not only by retail customers, but also by state-run fleets and taxi operators. Indeed, 1,200 cars were purchased by South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare last April, while the model is also popular as an EV taxi in Seoul, Daegu and Jeju Island.

 

Source: Renault

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