Renault Begins Fluence ZE Israel Testing

French manufacturer Renault is moving forward with its plans of becoming a leader on the European electric vehicle market segment, with the latest news being the test drives' debut for the Fluence ZE in Israel.

As you already know, Renault will be offering the Fluence ZE in Israel through Better Place, the same company which will distribute the EV in Denmark as well starting the first half of 2011. The current testing in the country is aimed at seeing what are the effects of high temperatures on the cars' systems.

"Our partner in Israel is Better Place and and it opened a test centre a few weeks ago," a Renault spokesman was quoted as saying by just-auto. "Potential customers who are interested can see how the ZE functions and how to change a battery for example."

The Fluence ZE is an EV powered by an electric motor that develops 95 horsepower and 226 Nm of torque. It comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery that ensures a range of 160 km.

There are three recharging modes available, a standard charge that takes between four and eight hours, a quick charge (around 20 minutes) plus an immediate solution that needs three minutes - namely Renault's Quickdrop rapid battery exchange system.

The partnership Renault has established with Better Place is aimed at selling no less than 100.000 electric vehicles in both Israel and Denmark by 2016. Renault estimates that by 2020, electric vehicles will account for 10 percent of the world market. Most of those ten percent will be owned by the Renault-Nissan alliance.
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