Electric cars have many a hurdle to jump before they can be considered an equal to their distant Petrol and Diesel cousins. There are several very good reasons why owning an electric car at this very moment in time isn’t your best option. To ensure good range of an electric car the vehicle its self shouldn’t drain the power unnecessarily and the easiest way of doing this to rid the car of as much weight as possible. The result is a rather poorly equipped car that appears to be made of the plastic inserts from boxes of chocolate. Also aerodynamics is key to ensure lower wind resistance, however the end product always appears to resemble a fish that has had an allergic reaction. Despite all this, Renault thinks they have developed the first “proper” all electric car named the Fluence Z.E.
This four door, Laguna sized family saloon appears to look not too far from Renault’s family resemblance, and so looks nothing like an all-electric car, good start. Inside there are five seats unlike the pathetic excuse for a mobility scooter that is the G-Wiz. The interior appears modest yet much more durable and user friendly than current electric cars. So as a car, the Fluence is scoring well, it even has a proper boot, but what about the figures?
With this Renault owners are really going to feel the buzz as the car will rev to 11,000RPM and produce 226NM of torque! To put that into contest, a Porsche Boxster only produces 40 more torques than the Renault. The car will take 6-8 hours to charge off of a household socket but as more and more businesses invest in electric pumps it could be as little as 30 minutes at a station, and that gets you 160KM further down the road. The top speed is capped to 135KM/H that translates to 85MPH, not the fastest thing on wheels we but still capable of breaking the speed limit on the motorway.
The best all-electric car yet? Well it’s looking that way, but we will have to wait until 2011 to find out.