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Let the flood gates open wide and the deposits pour in, Renault is officially accepting pre-orders for it 2011 battery-powered Fluence Z.E. Yep, it's another momentous day for the Renault-Nissan Alliance and it just so happens that the automaker choose the grounds of the Paris Motor Show to announce that its electric sedan is ready to roll. Well, almost. Buyers in France, Israel and Denmark will get first crack at piloting their own Fluences by the middle of next year, but first they'll need to place a pre-order ASAP.

Customers who wish to take ownership of the Fluence Z.E. are asked to register at Renault's website and put down a €100 deposit ($137 U.S. at the current exchange rate). Priced at €21,300 ($29,279 U.S.), the Fluence Z.E. might seem like a raging value, but let's not forget that Renault has decided to lease the battery pack separate of the vehicle. Add in another €79 ($109 U.S.) in monthly battery lease fees and what was once a killer deal no longer seems like quite as much of a bargain. However, the Fluence's sticker price still does far less damage to the checkbook than its European competitors like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, so we'd expect the electrified Fluence won't have any trouble finding eager buyers.

[Source: The Independent]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, they decided against calling it the e-Fluence?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I smell a deal here between Nissan and Renault. :( Nissan is keeping the price of Leaf in EU unreasonable high on purpose - since it is unlikely that Renault will sell its cars in US. 79€ battery rental is a deal breaker for me - hell I don't use so much on gasoline per month! :( And you also have to pay the electricity bill.

      I'll go to US, buy the Leaf there and bring it back to EU. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        And then pay your 10% EU import duty, and then VAT (currently 17.5% in the UK, but going up to 20% in January) on the total.
        So on your Leaf imported from the US that's:
        $32.780 (you won't be able to get any rebate on a car for export) +10% +20%
        $32,780+$3,278+$7211.60 = $43,269.60.
        At today's exchange rate that's £27275.43.
        Now add shipping costs, any modifications necessary to make the US-spec car EU or UK legal, SVA test and registration fees, and you're probably looking at over £30,000.

        List price of a Leaf in the UK, before rebate, is £28,990 on-the-road.
        I think I'll let you import one, I'll stick to buying one here if I want one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The price given is after the Euros 5,000 French subsidy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys, am I the only one who thinks the rear wheel of this car is comically small/placed too far ahead? It looks like it was reduced from when the original concept video was shown off. It also looks like the car's butt grew a bit.... or am I just blind for not noticing this before?

      Might look better with larger rims.... Hmm...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed the design change as well. Not sure if I like the design as much as that of the concept. Just looking at them side by side makes me kind of sad. It feels like they took a lot of the umph out of it, especially on that curvature reduction on the front and windshield.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car's butt did grow a bit. they stretched it to give room for the batteries without compromising passenger or load space.
        Good spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if no incentives are involved we get our Leafs here for about $2.5k more and we get the pack with it? Nice!

      I like this little car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't compare US and European prices directly. For a start there is around 20% VAT included, plus they always charge us more here anyway.
        The Leaf here in the UK is £28,350 ex subsidy - $44k, not $34k
        The Fluence comes out to about $36k, a couple of thousand more than the Leaf is with the battery in the US, not less!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also remember that those prices are pre- government incentive of $5000. A diesel Fluence with Navigation sells for ~23k Euros. Before incentives, a comparable electric Fluence is cheaper. After incentives, it is much cheaper. Operating costs are also cheaper, considering lower taxes, lower fuel costs, etc.

        • 4 Years Ago
        oops, you're right. Must have gotten confused with the Kangoo.

        For those of you who read only English:

        "Renault Fluence Z.E. will sell in certain countries at prices similar to those of comparably powerful diesel versions of Renault Fluence with the same equiopment level. In France, for example, prices will start from €21,300 (with the €5,000 tax incentive deducted). From launch, Fluence Z.E. will come in a choice of two equipment levels."

        So it really only comes in cheaper than a comparably equipted diesel after incentives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        'La berline familiale Fluence électrique sera vendue à partir de 21.300 euros en France, prix TTC, hors le coût de la batterie et déduction faite des 5000 euros d'incitation fiscale mise en place par le gouvernement français. Dans le reste de l'Europe, elle sera vendue environ 26.000 euros, hors batterie et hors incitation fiscale, a détaillé Renault.'


        So I'm afraid it is ~21k Euros after the 5k deduction, not before - for those who can't puzzle out the French! ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is this a Better Place only car? Not Better Place? Both?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the Fluence is the one that is Better Place compatible. they are building stations extensively in Denmark and Israel, and in at least one area of France, where obviously the logistics are more formidable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You buy this car with Renault and the battery with Renault or with Betterplace. With first option, you recharge in your home, work,etc with second option you recharge in your home, work,etc AND in a battery swap station.

        Second option will have to be more expensive, but your car will be not only for city.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But can it be purchased outside of the Better Place system?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fluence with be the first commercially available car with a Better Place compatible swappable battery.
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