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Renault Fluence Z.E. price announced

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Renault has announced that the price of its all-electric Fluence will be £17,850, after the £5,000 Plug-In Car Grant, making it the UK’s most affordable electric car.

However on top of this will be a battery lease cost of £75 per month – a figure which will be based on 6,000 miles per year over 3 years (additional mileage and contract length details will be available closer to the UK launch).

The five-seat, four-door Fluence Z.E. saloon won’t be on sale in the UK until 2012, but you can pre-reserve a Fluence Z.E. in ‘Prime Time’ guise online for £20.

This means that the Fluence costs less than rival electric cars from every volume manufacturer by a sizeable margin, not to mention its own diesel Mégane Hatch. Among the electric car competition, opting for Renault’s Fluence Z.E. instead of the £23,990 Mitsubishi i-Miev would leave £6,140 in change.

The initial launch version of Fluence Z.E., Prime Time, comes with equipment including 16” alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, ecoMeter and Carminat TomTom Live smart satellite navigation, together with charging sockets on both front wings.

The Fluence Z.E. has 70kW (95hp) power and 226Nm of instant torque on tap. The range of the Fluence is up to 115 miles, depending on driving and road conditions.

Registration online is free and enables prospective buyers to choose their vehicle and benefit from priority availability and test drives as soon as it comes to market. These customers will then be contacted by Renault to obtain confirmation of their reservation as the date of the vehicle’s release approaches.