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Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. is Korea’s most popular EV

SM3 Z.E. (known in other markets as Fluence Z.E.), Renault Samsung Motors’ (RSM) battery-electric sedan, is Korea’s most popular EV. Total sales of the SM3 Z.E., which launched in Korea in November 2013, have reached 1,767 units; of those, 1,043 units were sold in 2015. Today, one out of three EVs in the country is an SM3 Z.E.

RSM has reinforced its after-sales network by placing EV pilots in 16 cities, expanding EV after-sales centers to 226 locations and additionally establishing a battery repair center in Jeju Island.

In Korea, incentives to buy an EV include an average 20 million KRW (US$16,600) subsidy (depending on the region), one free charger, as well as reduced parking costs & congestion charge.

The only mid-sized EV in Korea, RSM SM3 Z.E. has a single-charge range of up to 135 km (84 miles).


In 2015, SM3 Z.E. was selected as both Korea’s official government vehicle and Seoul EV taxi. This year, RSM has provided more than 100 EV taxis (including 60 for Seoul city), introduced a taxi battery management service in Jeju, and is setting up additional mid-speed chargers near taxi garages and drivers’ cafeterias.

SM3 Z.E. is manufactured in RSM’s Busan plant.



A good (Ford) looking small car. Too bad that e-range (135 Km max.) is no where near enough. It will take many years before it is increased 3X to 400 Km or so.


The SM3 / Fluence ZE is not a small car. It is larger than the Chevrolet Volt.

moshe calderon

There are 1200 Renault Fluence ze in Israel and most of the owners are surging good source for new battery. these cars are basically the same as the SM3 and we hope that it will be able to buy the SM3 battery and import it to Israel. All the cars that need new battery are in good condition (like new) and it will be a shame to throw them to the scrapyard just because of the batteries. I thing that it should be the interest of Renault to lunch this program and prove once again their commitment to the Z.E. concept.

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