Renault has today confirmed it will be manufacturing its new zero-emission electric car at the Flins plant in the Paris region.

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The Zoé Z.E. Concept, first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show is a preview of what the new car will look like.

The Flins plant was chosen to manufacture the electric vehicle (EV) because of its expertise in building B segment cars, one of which is the new Clio.

Renault also like to manufacture cars close to markets they will be sold in, Europe being the main target. The manufacturing of all EV components will mainly come from the Flins plant, this includes making and recycling of batteries.

Flins will start manufacturing an urban versatile model in 2012, and is expected to have two-thirds of sales in Europe.

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Renault will concentrate on France for its zero-emission strategy and is developing future EVs. A letter of intent has been signed with Nissan and the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), as well as France's Strategic Investment Fund (FSI). Focusing on a joint venture in battery research from manufacture to recycling.

Renault is committed to producing a range of  zero-emission EV cars that will be affordable starting in 2011.

by Adam Marshall