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Renault Tests Chinese Market with Fluence EV

A small number of Fluence EVs will be delivered by Renault to the Chinese market next year, in order to measure the success of a possible future move into the Asian electric car market made by the French manufacturer.

According to a Beijing Times report released today, Renault Greater China’s CEO, Chen Guozhang, says a larger volume of Fluence EVs can not be delivered yet because there is lack of supporting infrastructure.

According to the same journal, a total of 200 Fluence EVs have been ordered by Chinese customers since the automaker released the car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The French company has decided to ship five models to China next year as test drive vehicles. Renault Greater China will hold a meeting to outline plans for future EV development in China, Chen also said.

The EV is based on the Fluence ZE concept, as a statement of Renault's intention to produce a range of zero-emission vehicles that meet the needs of all types of customers. The all-electric car can be charged using one of three methods: a standard charge that takes between four and eight hours, a quick charge (20 minutes) or an immediate solution in the form of the 'Quickdrop' rapid battery exchange system. The concept has a 70kW or 95HP electric motor that is powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries that give the saloon 100 miles (160 kilometers) of driving range.

China has made plans to make the country one of the leading manufacturers of hybrid and electric vehicles in coming years. In addition, the country believes in creating a leading industry that will set up jobs, increase exports, reduce urban pollution and decrease its increasing dependence on oil.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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