How low can Renault go? Well, in terms of UK pricing for its electric Fluence Z.E., the answer to that question is £17,850 ($28,576 U.S. at the current exchange rate).
That £17,850 includes the UK's £5000 ($8,005 U.S.) Plug-In Car Grant, but excludes the £75 ($120 U.S.) per month fee to lease the vehicle's battery. Still, at the price, Renault says the Fluence Z.E. is the "UK's most affordable electric car."
The entry-level Prime Time Fluence Z.E is shod with 16-inch alloy wheels and comes packed with features, including climate control, cruise control and a navigation system. Unexpectedly, Renault has fitted the Fluence Z.E. with dual charging sockets. That's one plug-in port per front fender. The Fluence Z.E.'s electric motor churns out 95 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. Renault claims that the electric Fluence tops out at 84 miles per hour and has a range of up to 115 miles, "depending on driving and road conditions."
Potential Fluence Z.E buyers can reserve a spot in line with a low-cost deposit of £20 ($32 U.S.). Renault expects to launch the electric Fluence in the fall of 2012.