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The Renault Fluence is a leading car creating a massive influence among the manufacturers. Renault's Fluence is the first electric carbon footprint saloon car. The new Renault Fluence Z.E. that is due to be launched during 2013/14 will be built similar to the Megane, but it will be powered by electrical. It’s one of the quietest electric vehicles to date. It comes with a host of specifications, and the price is reasonable. The Renault Fluence is worthy of an inspection if you are looking for a family car that is economical.

Renault Fluence Z.E. specifications

Renault offers a unique service with the Renault Fluence Z.E., you buy the car and rent the battery. The reason behind the battery hiring is to make the Z.E. car more affordable. Hiring fees start at approximately £70.00 per month for 6000 miles per annum and up to about £120.00 for 150,000 miles. Here are the benefits for renting Renault's batteries:

  • Firstly, there will be 24/7 roadside assistance, this includes your car running out of a charge. They will tow you to the nearest garage within 50 miles radius.
  • Secondly, you create a battery plan with Renault. This plan is based on how many miles you drive per month and then charged on a pay per mile basis. This helps to keep renting costs down, and you only pay for what you need.
  • Thirdly, the battery performance is an excellent fail-safe deal, if it loses its charge, Renault will repair or replace it for another.

There are two Renault Fluence Z.E. models on sale; this is the Expression and the Dynamique. Both offer great accessories as standard, but if you are looking for something with extra zeal, go for the Dynamique. The Dynamique includes the Expression's accessories and lots of extras. Some of the extras include 16" alloys, fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear stick, internet, electro chrome rear mirror, parking sensors, Bluetooth, MP3 and much more. Considering the Dynamique is only £1,000 more than the Expression, it makes more sense to buy to this one.

The Renault Fluence cars are not in the least sluggish. They are quite responsive. Even though they have electric battery packs, these cars are rather agile and pleasing to drive. One niggle that might be off-putting to some motorists is cornering which can be heavy. The body of the Fluence is five inches longer than a non EV car; this is to accommodate the battery, which weighs in at 280 kg.

The Renault Fluence is not a car you would want to thrash around otherwise you may find that you would only get around fifty miles out of it. On the other hand, careful driving could produce a staggering 115 miles out of it which I’m sure you will agree is quite a boost. As always, charging an electric vehicle is cheap; recharging the Renault Fluence overnight will cost approximately £3. However, there are other running costs involved such as renting the lithium battery pack. As usual, there are maintenance costs; the good news is that electric vehicles are at least twenty per cent cheaper to run than fuel cars. Road tax and London's £10 per day congestion charge are also free in comparison.

An optional extra is the recharging system, which will cost £799. Renault has teamed up with British Gas to make recharging easier with the My Connect Package.

The original price of the Renault Fluence Z.E. Expression is £22,495 and the Dynamique is £23,395, but there are reductions to be made on both models. Currently, the government are offering grants. This entitles motorists up to 20 per cent off the OTR (on the road) price. Maximum entitlement is £5,000, so this great family EV saloon can be bought at a fraction of the cost. To buy the Renault Fluence Z.E. Expression at £17,495 or the Dynamique at £18,395 check out your local Renault dealership.