Renault Set To Electrify Australia

2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA– Renault Australia has announced that it will bring electric vehicles to Australia in 2012.

Its first electric vehicle will be the Fluence Z.E. (Zero Emission) sedan, which is slated to arrive in Q2 2012 for select Canberra customers and go on general sale in Q4 of the same year.

Aware of the impact that motor vehicles can have on the environment over their complete life cycle, Renault has been working for years to reduce the ecological footprint of a vehicle at each phase of its life — production, on-road use, and recycling.

Electric vehicles represent an affordable, clean-break solution involving vehicles that emit neither CO2 nor harmful particulates when driven. As a global leader in electric vehicle technology, Renault will be one of the first manufacturers to bring this new era of motoring to life in Australia.

In order to ensure that Renault will be ready to launch in 2012, Renault has announced an agreement with Better Place, the leading global electric car charging network. Better Place will provide charging networks and services, including charge spots and battery switch stations that support the Fluence Z.E..

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost all of Australian car trips are less than 120km and many cars are parked for between 20-22 hours a day. So most drivers will be constantly “topping up” their range while parked at home or work, through the charge spots Better Place will install for them. A charge spot delivers around 25km of range per hour, so 100km of range can be delivered in just four hours.

Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia, said: “We are all too aware of the impact that vehicles have on the environment and the responsibility that we have as an automotive manufacturer to work towards minimising that impact. Electric vehicles represent the clean-break solution that can put zero-emission mobility within everybody‚Äôs reach.”

Article source: http://www.theautochannel.com/F/news/2011/06/22/537795-renault-set-to-electrify-australia.html