Renault to Build Electric Fluence in Turkey

After it has revealed production sites for its latest zero emissions models one by one during the week, French manufacturer Renault announced the electric version of Fluence will be manufactured at the OYAK-Renault Bursa plant in Turkey. According to a company statement, production will start in the first half of 2011.

The model, which was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September as the Fluence ZE concept, will be produced on the same production line as the conventionally-powered versions of Fluence. The company says this option “will limit the entry price of the program and ensure an industrial fast start, while ensuring top-level quality.”

The electric Fluence is a midsize saloon that offers its owners the possibility of choosing from 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.

The Fluence ZE showcased in Frankfurt featured photovoltaic cells located on the panoramic roof, dashboard and rear parcel shelf. The car was painted in Atmosphere Blue and uses LED technology at both the front and the rear.

Other features included a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) touchscreen for displaying multimedia information, climate controls and volume controls mounted on the central rear armrest, stop/start button, and new touchscreen Samsung Jet phone that also features a hands-free function.

So far, Renault announced that it will build the electric Kangoo in Maubeuge, France and the Twizy ZE in Valladolid, Spain. Moreover, the Zoe Z.E. Concept showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show will serve as the base platform for the upcoming zero-emission electric city car.
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