Renault’s Fluence ZE to begin local production in China image

According to the chief executive of the French automaker, Carlos Ghosn, Renault is mulling local manufacturing of the electric version of the Fluence sedan.

Renault’s plans for local output of its electric car – which belongs to the Renault Z.E. family – are at an incipient state for now, with executives of the company still discussing the idea with Chinese authorities. We expect the outcome of those negotiations to be positive, as the government in China has been fighting pollution and wants to significantly increase the number of zero emission vehicles on the country’s roads. So far, new-energy vehicles, as the lawmakers dub them (plug-in hybrids, electrics operating on batteries or fuel cell) have not been very successful in China – many customers citing range anxiety, high acquisition costs and a lack of refueling infrastructure.

Ghosn commented on the sidelines of a Chinese event that pending government approval, “Renault is ready to build the Fluence in China.”

The Fluence ZE electric version is not having a great run so far, with JATO Dynamics figures showing the model was sold in just 58 units across Europe in the first half of the year. In China, Renault has obtained government approval last year in December to begin local assembly of its models together with joint venture partner Dongfeng Motors.

Via Automotive News Europe