Renault is making a number of its prototype electric vehicles available for test at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, which starts on 7 December.
These prototypes preview the upcoming Fluence ZE, Kangoo Van ZE and the Kangoo be bop ZE, the electric demonstrator vehicle which has just completed a four-month European road show.
The vehicles feature technology which is very similar to that of the upcoming production cars which are currently under development. Production versions of these electric vehicles will be launched in 2011.
Renault estimates that electric vehicles will account for 10 per cent of the world market by 2020. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is investing â‚Ź4 billion in its zero-emissions programme and a 2,000-strong team (1,000 at Renault, and 1,000 at Nissan) is working on electric vehicle programmes.
The latest Fluence ZE Concept represents an intermediate step between the original concept car shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and the production version. The aim of the test drives is to show how much the Fluence ZE project has progressed, and how easy electric vehicles are to drive.
The Renault Fluence ZE will be released for sale in the first half of 2011 in Israel, Denmark and the rest of Europe, and will be the C segment’s first production three-box electric vehicle, as well as the world’s first car to be compatible with the Quick Drop rapid battery exchange system. It’s designed for both private and fleet use.
Based on Renault’s Kangoo Van, the Renault Kangoo Van ZE brings zero-emission mobility to business users. The production version of the Renault Kangoo Van ZE will also go on sale in the first half of 2011 in a number of European markets.
The Renault Kangoo be bop ZE doesn’t preview an upcoming production vehicle. However, as a demonstrator vehicle, it has covered some 4,000km in road tests in eight European countries since July 2009. This prototype has enabled the dynamic performance potential of electric vehicles to be showcased to the media, official bodies and fleet operators.