Renault Electric Cars with Swappable Batteries unveiled
Renault rolled out its new line of electric cars -- the Fluence ZE sedan and the Kangaroo ZE van -- featuring batteries that can be swapped out in about 3 minutes at refueling stations, such as Better Place electric vehicle stations already being tested in Tel Aviv. The new Renaults will be available early in 2011 and can get up to 100 miles on a single charge and have a top speed of 83 miles per hour. Linear display bars on the outside of the driver's door indicate how much charge is left in the current battery.
The four door sedan is similar to conventional gas powered vehicles, except it is about 5 inches longer than most passenger vehicles to accommodate the 550 pounds of lithium-ion batteries that are stored in the trunk. Renault expects to sell 100,000 Fluence ZE's in Denmark and Israel by 2016. Better Place will serve as the distributor in Israel, but Renault will market the cars globally.
“For nearly a century, the automotive industry has been inextricably tied to oil. Today we are demonstrating a new path forward.” said Better Energy company founder and CEO Shai Agassi.
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