Renault Fluence Z.E. to be launched in Malaysia in early 2013 image

Renault has announced its plans to launch the Fluence Z.E. to Malaysia in early 2013, when the model will join vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

According to the French based automaker, the boot space has been sacrificed because of the batteries but there are still 317 liters available. The battery pack used on the Fluence Z.E. is a 22 kW/h lithium-ion which is weighing 280 kg. The battery pack has been located behind the rear seats and this explains the longer rear end (plus 13 cm) than a regular version of the model.

The Renault Fluence Z.E. is powered by a 160 kg synchronous electric motor with rotor coil, which is producing a total output of 70 kW at 3,000 rpm and a peak torque of 226 Nm. The total range offered is 185 km on a NEDC cycle and the model can reach a top speed of 135 km. It takes between six to eight hours to completely recharge the battery pack in standard bode but with the fast charging system on a 32A 400V socket, this is done in just 30 minutes. Additional details on the Fluence Z.E. aimed towards Malaysia will be announced next year.