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Renault to Produce Future EV at Flins Plant in Paris Region

Renault will produce its future zero-emission electric city car at the Flins plant in the Paris region. Zoé Z.E. Concept, presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show (earlier post), is a forerunner of this new vehicle.

The Zoé Z.E. Concept. Click to enlarge.

Renault said it chose Flins to produce this future EV owing to the plant’s expertise and performance. The site was selected because it is specialized in the production of B segment cars (Clio Campus and New Clio). The Flins choice is also based on Renault’s objective to produce cars as close as possible to the markets in which they will be sold, namely Europe, to optimize logistics flows.

The Flins site will thus become a central hub in Renault’s EV activity, producing the company’s core-range electric model as well as manufacturing and recycling batteries.

Flins will begin production in 2012. The urban, versatile model is expected to account for two-thirds of the Group’s EV sales in Europe.

France will be at the center of Renault’s zero-emission strategy. The Group is currently developing future EVs at the Technocentre in Guyancourt, will produce its first zero-emission city car at Flins, and has signed a letter of intent with Nissan, the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and France’s Strategic Investment Fund (FSI) to set up a French joint venture focused on EV battery advanced research, industrialization and recycling. (Earlier post.)



This water drop concept car could have very good aerodynamics. We could get use to that shape quickly enough.

Interesting concept BEV.


With nanoparticles being considered for battery technology and more studies showing the high risk of cell disruption from the use of and environmmental implications of these particles. We shopuld be asking the obvious safety related cradle to grave questions in both manufacture and recycling.

Otherwise large rollout of current battery offerings present the usual sustainable supply, hazard potential and economic issues.



The early Steamers and ICE Vehicles and Jet engines were inclined to loud noises, back fires, smoke puffs and occasional explosions. Most of those problems were solved. My wife Toyota had no major engine and mechanical problems with almost 300 000 Km.

Early electrified vehicles e-storage units may not be 100% accident proof but second generation units will probably be very close to 1005 safe. Many Prius were driven for more than 300 000 Km without a single battery problem. Future e-storage units should do even better.

Henry Gibson

Cheap, cheap, cheap eletric cars are needed; long range is not. But always have a range extender with you, and pass laws that prevent electric cars without them from being sold. Range extenders can be very small and even inefficient since they should not be used much. But they will all be at least as efficient as the average use of automobile engines. ..HG..

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