RENAULT FLUENCE Z.E.
Vehicle type: Small car. Timing: Q2 (Select Canberra customers), Q4 (public)
Australia’s first battery-swapping electric car will hit the streets before the middle of next year. The Fluence Z.E. has a range of 185km and its battery can be swapped for a fully charged one in less than four minutes. Priced in the high-$30,000s, the Fluence Z.E. will initially be sold to fleets and select customers in Canberra before becoming publically available from selected Renault dealers across the country in the fourth quarter. At 4748mm long, the Fluence Z.E. will be the largest alternative energy vehicle available in Australia in 2012. A 70kW/226Nm electric motor drives the front wheels, and the lithium-ion battery takes approximately six-eight hours to charge from a household power point. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and the OSCAR navigation system, which incorporates information on the nearest battery charge and switch stations.