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Renault to release 4 new EVs

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From left to right, the first is the Fluence Z.E. - a four door family car with 100 mile range.

The second is the Twizy Z.E., which is basically a covered scooter with a top speed of 47 mph.

Third and fourth are the the Kangoo Z.E. and Zoe Z.E.   Both have 70 kW motors, and around 100 mile ranges.

Unfortunately I don't seen any information on price.  Renault expects to start releasing these vehicles in 2011.  I think the Fluence looks pretty cool.

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post #2 of 12
Right Dana, The Fluence looks good. The Kangoos (non-electric) are common here now and this one just looks a bit more snazzy.
 
I would not want to have an accident on the street with the Twizzy - especially at 47 mph!

The Zoe looks like a futuristic version of the Fluence.
post #3 of 12
 That Kangoo Z. E. appears extremely useful- plenty of room for cargo, but anything I like seems to vanish! 
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It is great to see European car makers coming out with more Electric vehicles that have longer ranges and top speeds. American car makers have lagged behind and it may be that we'll get the first true 100%EV's from Europe or Far East.  These Renault EV's may be great although I'd like to know what they'll sell for here in the USA.  If the price is right the Kangoo ZE may sell rather well. I've been hoping the Phoenix EV's would be out by now, but there's no word on them.  
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 I've been hoping the Phoenix EV's would be out by now, but there's no word on them.  


Sadly Phoenix is struggling and filed for Chapter 11 not long ago.
post #6 of 12
Wow, electric vehicles with style.  Good to see more "eye pleasing" electric vehicles.  :)
post #7 of 12
 "Hmm"- commercial style; but made in Kansas, the Chevy Volt batteries will come from Michigan:  but it is pretty tiring to see photo-shopped images waiting several years, then hearing about financial problems.
http://puregreencars.com/Green-Cars-News/electric/smith_electric_vehicles_begins_production_at_kansas_city.html
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Trying to find as much information on new fully electric vehicles is what drew me to EcoHuddle several months ago.  After perusing various Internet sites I believe that the Japanese and European automakers have made much greater progress than have American automakers. GM had a chance to continue research and development of EV's with the Saturn test fleet but quit after a short trial period in California. They wouldn't sell those cars to the test drivers who wanted them after the trial and instead crushed them.  That doesn't give me a warm, fuzzy feeling for GM.  Now they are trying to get the Chevrolet Volt to market at a price much higher than the proposed price of the Nissan Leaf which will eventually be manufactured in Syrna, TN, a neighboring state. 
If the Smith or Ford Tourneo BEV makes it to market in this country I believe it will sell quite well. It seems that within the next 2 to 4 years we'll see several fully battery electric cars, vans, trucks on our highways.  For me the the electric vehicles have great appeal since they won't need timing belt replacements, oil changes, replacement of various engine parts. No oil or gasoline to bother with. Of course we'll have to charge them from wall outlets with power from power plants using coal, natural gas or the hated nuclear power.   It isn't a perfect world.
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Originally Posted by Kingsman42sc View Post

Trying to find as much information on new fully electric vehicles is what drew me to EcoHuddle several months ago.  After perusing various Internet sites I believe that the Japanese and European automakers have made much greater progress than have American automakers. GM had a chance to continue research and development of EV's with the Saturn test fleet but quit after a short trial period in California.

The California base Fisker (Tesla related) will be built in Delaware I believe: 
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2009-10-23-fisker-wilmington_N.htm?csp=YahooModule_Money
Not to be out-done; Nissan recently announced 4 EVs  Just heard more about EEstor dealing with California instead of only its Texas base, but that is second-hand.  I have no idea what is going on for sure!

I ran across an EV magazine yesterday: Electric Car Journal.  Quite interesting but that issue didn't mention any 3-wheelers - so I am heartbroken. 
post #10 of 12

I'm following the progress of the electric car makers in hopes of seeing more of them on the road in the next few years.  Here in Greenville, SC we are looking for a company to set up shop to build electric vehicles. In coastal South Carolina areas such as Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach I think electric vehicles such as these small Renaults should go over quite well.
When we visit Chattanooga, TN we ride the electric buses there that are by TVA electric. Maybe in the near future more cities will have fleets of electric buses which are virtually noiseless and do not produce diesel exhaust. 
CARL

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 Sure is terribly slow business surges.  Zap went nowhere in Santa Cruz, Chrysler dropped EVs, but Renault seems to be continuing in Spain/France.  Green Vehicles moved to Salinas,CA. I think; but I have not heard a thing further.
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Tesla has done well as an outsider but I look for the real progress to come from the established companies - in particular Renault and the Japanese companies to start with.

Most of the small startups will die a natural death due to lack of adequate engineering and business plan. Several seem to have been nothing more than scams trying to cream off investors money. 
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