Renault Fluence Z.E. Finally in U.S.? No, But Its Battery Pack is For Sale Here Via EVTV Motor Werks

9 months ago by Mark Kane 10

Arrival of Better Place Battery Packs at EVTV Motor Werks

Arrival of Better Place Battery Packs at EVTV Motor Werks

Renault Fluence Z.E. battery pack

Renault Fluence Z.E. battery pack

In the most recent episode of EVTV, battery packs from bankrupt Better Place are shown to have finally reached Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

72 of them to be accurate and all are for sale immediately.

The packs themselves are probably unsuitable for use in most applications due to their unique shape, but the 48 modules in each pack should be okay (no warranty included and most of these packs have likely sat warehoused for 18 months or so).

The price for this 23.4 kWh pack (according to the website) is $3,600.00, but this low price is time limited to only a few more days.

EVTV’s intention is to sell packs and increase the number of cars converted to electric drive.

If all cells test out okay, then the price per kWh isĀ  ~$150/kWh.

Renault Fluence Z.E. is No More

Renault Fluence Z.E.

The modules are the same as in LEAF, so they could be used as replacements (this is for you Steve Marsh).

EVTV recently acquired drivetrains from CODA, brand new UQM PowerPhase 100 kW drives and earlier Azure Dynamics stuff like inverters, Siemens motors and new Generalized Vehicle Control Unit (GEVCU).

It seems that if someone in the EV industry goes bankrupt, EVTV will be there to…

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10 responses to "Renault Fluence Z.E. Finally in U.S.? No, But Its Battery Pack is For Sale Here Via EVTV Motor Werks"

  1. acevolt says:

    The website calls these Influenza batteries. I don’t want to pay $3600 for the flu!

    1. Warren says:

      They know. They are making a joke. No reverence for OEM’s at EVTV. :-)

      1. Aaron says:

        I always called it the Renault Flatulence. ;)

  2. Assaf says:

    Haha, you are right!

  3. James says:

    $3,600 is a steal. If I were a handy engineer I would install these as a solar backup.

  4. Chris O says:

    I think that “unique” battery shape goes a long way in explaining Betterplace failure. It mostly filled up the trunk making the cars rather impractical. Betterplace was too busy selling a solution for high battery prices and long recharge times and forgot that at the end of the day you also need to have a very appealing car on offer to convince people.

    1. Assaf says:

      I thought they were placed instead of the ICE engine in the ICE version? Hence the strange shape. Is it not so?

      1. Roman says:

        It is not… Battery pack is located in the back together with charger, so the trunk is much smaller than in ICE version. Picture of it is visible for e.g. here – http://goo.gl/aS8chQ

  5. Kalle says:

    Do they have a bms integrated in the batteries? Or is half the bms still on the cars?

    1. Warren says:

      Hardly matters, unless you are a computer whiz.