Renault Fluence Stars At Ecovelocity

Renault Fluence stars at EcoVelocity

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London Mayor Boris Johnson got behind the wheel of a Renault Fluence Z.E. at the EcoVelocity green car show in London this week.

The electric car-friendly Mayor tested the new five-seat electric saloon prior to the Fluence's launch next year in the UK.

The Renault Fluence Z.E. was appearing at Battersea Power Station alongside a host of other electric, hybrid and alternatively-fuelled cars as part of the UK's largest green motor show.

Mayor Boris Johnson, said: "I was delighted to try out one of Renault's electric vehicles and glide it silently around the EcoVelocity test track.

"Trying out cutting edge vehicle technology is what Europe's largest green car show is all about. To help people opt for a greener motor, my Source London electric charge point scheme is being showcased here too."

The Renault Fluence Z.E. is one of four electric vehicles set to arrive in the UK over the next 18 months from the French manufacturer.

The Fluence is the largest and most practical electric car in the UK with space for five and more boot space than many electric cars on the market.

It is also one of the most affordable - prices for the Fluence are just £17,850 after the £5,000 government plug-in grant is taken into account.

This does not include battery leasing cost, which is designed to ensure Renault, not the customer, takes on the cost of the battery at the end of its life.

The Fluence Z.E. will be the first medium-sized electric saloon to go on sale in the UK and is expected to be popular with both private buyers and business thanks to its road-tax free status and exemption from the London congestion charge.