Plug Pulled as Renault Fluence Z.E. Goes to a Better Place
A Renault spokesman has confirmed to Just-Auto that the company has discontinued assembly of the electric version of the Fluence, the Fluence Z.E. The Fluence Z.E. was built in the OYAK-Renault’s plant in the Turkish city of Bursa.
Conventional Fluences will continue to be built at the Bursa plant. Renault had designed the electric Fluence primarily for the Israeli and Danish markets where now bankrupt Better Place had contracted to install national networks of battery swap stations and fast-charging posts. Far fewer recharging locations than planned were ever installed in either country. Better Place filed for bankruptcy last year.
Production of the Fluence Z.E. actually ended last November at the Turkish plant but a variant will continue to be produced in South Koera. RSM, a joint venture between Renault and Samsung, has been producing the Samsung SM3 Z.E. at RSM’s factory in Busan since October 2013.
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