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Renault to Produce Electric Fluence in Bursa, Turkey

Renault will produce the electric version of Fluence (earlier post) at the OYAK-Renault Bursa plant in Turkey. Production will start in the first half of 2011.

Renault has now revealed the four production sites for its future EV range. (Earlier post.) The city car previewed by Zoé Z.E. Concept and the electric Kangoo will both be produced in France, at Flins and Maubeuge respectively. The vehicle based on Twizy Z.E. Concept will be built in Valladolid, Spain.

Unveiled as Fluence Z.E. Concept, the electric vehicle (EV) will be produced on the same production line as the conventionally-powered versions of Fluence. As at Maubeuge, where the Group will produce electric, petrol and diesel Kangoos, this option will limit the entry price of the program and ensure an industrial fast start, while ensuring top-level quality.

Producing the future EV at Bursa allows Renault to benefit from the site’s performance on quality, cost and lead times, along with local sourcing. As a result, the Group says it will be able to market the zero-emission sedan at the same attractive price as internal combustion models.

Owners of the electric model will have three battery charge options: standard charge, rapid charge and QuickDrop battery exchange. Renault will launch the Fluence EV first in Israel and Denmark, followed by other countries, from the first half of 2011.

Comments

HarveyD

A major move in the right direction for electrified vehicels mass production.

The Renault Fluence is a modern medium-compact (C/D) sedan with many up to date options.

It should be successful as a BEV with various battery pack options, specially if the selling price compares with the gasoline and diesel versions. Producing it in Eastern Europe and Turkey will help to keep cost lower.

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