• Oct 13th 2009 at 5:31PM
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Renault has created a new website that is dedicated to promoting its upcoming model range of battery powered cars. The site is actually about more than just the Fluence, Kangoo, Zoe and Twizzy. It also offers explanations of how Renault hopes to make these cars mainstream and affordable. It appears from the information provided that Renault plans to sell all of its EVs without a battery pack. The energy storage system will all be leased separately with payments going to a chosen energy supplier. There will be the three options for replenishing the charge.

Europeans can use their standard 220V / 10-16A outlet to charge in 6-8 hours. A standardized fast charge connector is currently being developed among multiple automakers and utilities, and it should facilitate 20-30 minute charges with a 400 V / 36 A, three-phase source. Finally, Renault appears set to implement battery swap capabilities across its full lineup for three minute battery changes. Along with the main site there, Renault has also added a video blog that thus far contains a series of videos shot at the Frankfurt Motor Show debut of the ZEV lineup. You can check out one the videos after the jump. Thanks to Shadowcast for the tip!

[Source: Renault-ZE.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      great, just produce the damn things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and bring them to North America
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jingoistic anti-French comment highlighting an inevitable problem without actually promising a solution—alert:

      If you drive this in France it'll be predominantly running on l'énergie nucléaire. Ce n'est pas tres verte.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not very green? nuclear power is one of the best sources of
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not very green? nuclear power is one of the best sources of electricity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad ! It's quite interresting to see how they match their product strategy (development of electric vehicles) and a switch in their corporate approach.. Drive the change as Renault says... Not a bad signature at all !

      More to read on http://z-factory.blogspot.com/2009/09/renault-drive-change.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      the tesla sedan already looks better than their concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Nissan will be more successful at introducing a EV that is an attractive sedan rather than an awkward hatchback... which hasn't been very popular historically in the states, and especially when another hatchback hybrid – the Prius – is already established and seen as the leader in green cars. Just ads to the confusion for uninformed consumers who tend to be too lazy to seek out info on their own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An electric Altima.