Renault And Dongfeng Will Produce Electric Fluence-Based Car For Chinese Market

OCT 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Renault Fluence Z.E. original concept

Renault Fluence Z.E. original concept

Renault, together with Dongfeng, will both build and sell in China a new electric car, based on Fluence Z.E.

Production is scheduled for 2017 by the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) from its Wuhan plant.

The Fluence Z.E., after being withdrawn from Europe (after the Better Place collapse) is also available in South Korea as the SM3 Z.E. by Samsung Motors.

At the current stage, Renault didn’t specify whether we are talking about an all-new model, or just a rebadged, slightly different Fluence Z.E.

Dongfeng is currently partnered with Nissan, producing in China the LEAF as Venucia e30.

“On the occasion of the visit of ZHU Yangfeng, Chairman of Dongfeng Group, at the Renault R&D center, Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) announces the production of its first electric vehicle in China.

As part of the Joint Venture between Dongfeng and Renault, DRAC will produce an electric vehicle that is based on the Fluence Z.E. The electric car will be produced at the Wuhan plant in 2017 and will be commercialized under a local Dongfeng brand for the Chinese market only.

The agreement is part of the will of both the Renault Group and the Dongfeng Group to propose mobility solutions for sustainable development. Jacques Daniel, CEO of DRAC, confirmed: ‘’This EV agreement illustrates Renault’s engagement as partner of COP 21.’’

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A French-Chinese car. What could possibly go wrong? 😉

They should call the combined company DRACs so they can be like the super-villain from Moonraker.

Dongfeng is a funny name.

Actually, chinese people love dragons (ok, who doesn’t), so the name DRAC wouldn’t be that bad 😉

I’ve driven (briefly) and ridden in the Better Place Fluence cars.
While presumably the Chinese won’t be using the exact same drivetrain, the Fluence platform is a bad base for an electric conversion.

Too heavy, bad use of interior space (and non-optimal space available for batteries), and bad handling.

Only reason Project Better Place chose it in the first place was because it was the most generic, boring midsize car (in European terminology) Renault was willing to convert, and for the Israeli market (where 65% of private cars are leased by companies for employees because of tax advantages, rather than owned by the employees) they wanted a generic sedan attractive to fleets.

This does seem odd. I could understand if they had transferred Fluence production to China as a first step to get going in 2015.
The Fluence was an ICE car conversion, so by 2017 it would be hopelessly uncompetitive.
I would have expected them to choose the Zoe as a small city car companion to the Leaf.

They want to sell it primary to taxi and other drive service companies.

How about some sort of Megane Z.E. in Europe?! Hello?!


Two years with my fluence ze and i,m so happy! This car is incredible, so silence, confortable, good hand (in challeng bibendum from michellin wins, first position better than the two tesla roadter in agility circuit.

The Renault Fluence Z.E took first place on the podium in the 300 km inter-city Challenge Bibendum 2011 rally. In doing so it took the title not only from high-performance electric roadsters but also from hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.

The Fluence Z.E.s entire well-to-wheel CO2 output calculated by Michelins team of experts based on European electricity production, was 57 g/km, or 8% better than the vehicles homologation figures.
This victory demonstrates that Renaults 100% electric technology, whose price makes it accessible to the largest number of people, is also the most efficient.

In addition to this first place, Renault Fluence Z.E. also won 5 other trophies:

Renault Fluence Z.E. rose to 1st place in the manoeuvrability test on theADAC circuit. In the hands of Gregory Fargier, a test driver in Renault Sport Technologies, it achieved a record time of 2.02 minutes, or 5 seconds faster than the fastest of the Teslas.”