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Malaysia: Renault Fluence ZE – arriving here first quarter 2013

Plans are afoot to bring the Renault Fluence Z.E. into Malaysia sometime in the first quarter of next year, with the EV set to join the likes of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf in pilot programmes here.

The Turkish-built C-segment saloon is powered by a 160 kg synchronous electric motor with rotor coil, offering 70 kW at 3,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 226 Nm for numbers. It offers a range of 185 km on a NEDC cycle, and has a top speed of 135 km/h.

The 22 kW/h lithium-ion battery pack – weighing 280 kg – is located behind the rear seats, which explains the Z.E.’s largish rear; the electric Fluence is 4.75 metres long, which makes it 13 cm longer than a conventionally-powered Fluence.

Some sacrifice has to be made in terms of boot space due to the battery housing, but there’s still 317 litres on call, and access to it is easier thanks to a low sill and wide aperture. It takes between six and eight hours to juice up the unit completely in standard mode, but at fast charge – using a 32A 400V supply – the unit can be replenished in 30 minutes.

In terms of EV defining cues, the car is defined by a number of blue-tinted details, from the lights and fog light surrounds to the front and rear Renault logos as well as the Fluence badge. The car also features entirely redesigned rear lights – including a strip of blue-tinted diamond shapes – plus a specific, more open grille design.
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