Update: Renault confirms Fluence Z.E. remains in production for some markets. See below.
Renault has reportedly pulled the plug on its all-electric Fluence Z.E. small sedan.
To many, it will come as no surprise. The Fluence Z.E. was designed to be compatible with electric infrastructure start-up Better Place's swappable battery system, however with Better Place declaring bankruptcy last year the Fluence Z.E.'s business case has all but evaporated.
Since then, production of the Z.E. at Renault's Turkish assembly slowed to a trickle. Meanwhile the manufacture of Fluences equipped with a swappable battery pack halted altogether.
The Fluence Z.E. was powered by a synchronous electric motor, producing 70kW and 226Nm of torque.
For the Australian market, a 22kWh lithium-ion battery supplied enough power for a driving range of up to 185km per charge.
Now, after sellilng little more than 3500 Fluence Z.E. cars since it was introduced in 2010, it appears Renault is consigning the all-electric Fluence to an early grave.
But the zero-emission Fluence will still live on in the form of the Korean-market Samsung SM3 ZE, which is mostly identical to the Renault albeit without a swappable battery pack.
UPDATE: Renault Australia has confirmed with TMR that though production of the Fluence Z.E. has ceased at the automaker's Bursa, Turkey plant, it remains on the production line in Renault-badged form in Busan, South Korea.
Fluence Z.E. cars manufactured at Busan are sold primarily in Asian-pacific markets, and are built alongside the Samsung SM3 Z.E.
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