Last Friday, the Beijing Times reported that Renault will test out the Chinese electric vehicle market by introducing a "small number" of Fluence Z.E. battery-powered sedans to the nation sometime in 2011. The report, which cites Chen Guozhang, chief executive officer of Renault Greater China, continues by stating that large volume deliveries are not part of the automaker's plans. Well, at least not until China addresses its lack of supporting infrastructure for EVs.
Renault officially unveiled the production Fluence Z.E. at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in early October. It was at that same time that the automaker let the flood gates open and began accepting pre-orders for its electric sedan. To date, more than 200 Chinese have registered to pre-order Renault's battery-powered four-door, but aside from a handful of dealer demos and the that "small number" of Fluences coming in 2011, the automaker has not come forth with any firm plans to wheel out its electric auto in mass numbers in China.