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On Friday I was treated to an update by the MD of Renault Ireland Mr. Eric Basset concerning the state of play when it comes to the Zero Emission future. As I wrote before on these pages the objective of the Renault project is “affordability” in the electric future of automobiles. To that end Mr. Basset announced the pricing for both the commercial Kangoo and the Fluence.

Back in July this year I got to test both cars which at the time were still prototypes and I was left with the feeling that I’d just seen the future of the city car, well today I see the future of electric transport and it comes from France.

Renault have decided to make a bold move of leasing the batteries that power all of the models, which means you buy the car and rent the batteries, this also means as new batteries come on stream you’ll be able to get upgrades, at the end of the battery life when it needs to be recycled Renault will look after that too.

The pricing for the Fluence is going to be very good, remember that the Fluence ZE is the same car that you see on the roads in Ireland at the moment, the electric version is to be priced around the same level as the current diesel model, it goes like this

RRP: €26,620, the Government will give €5,000 towards the purchase which makes it €21,620 which puts a couple of hundred Euro over the price of the mid range Fluence dynamique diesel. The leasing of the battery will cost €72 per month with a limit of 15,000kms, if you add to that the cost of charging the battery the total cost of ownership should work out the same as a diesel variant.

The Kangoo ZE is €20,000 exc VAT, again the government will give an incentive making the van €15,870, the same lease teems apply on the battery.

It’s a new method for selling a car, it’s all new even the car. It’s the intention of Renault to become a one stop shop even being able to sell insurance.

I have always derided EV cars on two fronts, the first was the purchase price, all of them are far more expensive than their alternative petrol model but Renault has addressed this with the affordability for everyone, the other problem was range.

The range of these cars is no better than anyone else, but Renault unlike every other manufacturer are bit researching and making the batteries, the leasing of the batter makes a lot of sense as currently to purchase one of these battery units runs to some €10,000 or more. Plus batter technology is moving so fast that if you bought a Nissan Leaf right now that can do 180kms and in twelve months time a new battery comes out that can make the Leaf do 250kms, where does that leave you?

With Renault you lease the battery, so when a better one comes along you just head to a Renault dealer and get your battery swapped, plus your old one gets recycled.

There will be 1500 charging stations to be installed country wide and mapping technology is being researched that will allow you to no only plan your route via the charging stations but will tell you if the stations are in use.

Such is the interest in the Renaults that more staff is coming on board to deal with the volume of enquiries, there’s two more models to come yet, the two seat and four wheel Twizzy along with the Zoe a medium sized hatchback that will be unveiled in Geneva this coming March.

I really do thing Renault have hit the nail on the head with the complete package for EV ownership, expect to see lots of these cars on the roads of Ireland.







There has been so much news lately that I’m going to put it in one report, so here goes.

Nissan have opened the order books for the Leaf, “to make a reservation, customers simply need to go to and place their order. The quick and easy process requires a fully-refundable deposit of €232. These ‘early adopters’ will also be given an opportunity to test-drive Nissan LEAF thoroughly by December, at which point they will need to formally confirm their order.” There will also be a roadshow tour of Ireland where you can test drive the Leaf at the following locations:

–          Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin – Friday, 6th August 6th and Saturday 7th August

–          Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork – Friday 13th August

–          Headford Road Shopping Centre, Galway – Sunday 15th August

Come along and have a look, Smokerspack is trying to get their hands on one for review but we’ll let you know on that.

Volkswagen group have issued a warning over suspect brake pads, there has been a seizure of counterfeit pads, in a statement they said “An examination of the brake pads revealed that the potentially dangerous counterfeit parts failed to meet the required breaking friction levels. The test concluded that the fakes would not obtain R90 approval – the European legal standard for brake pads.”

There are some telltale signs to look out for if you’re buying pads in the near future:

The fake box label indicates that the product is a “Wasserpumpe” and not brake pads. Wasserpumpe is German for water pump

·         Printing error on fake box reads Fonnel Q but should read Formel Q

·         The backing plate of the fake pads are engraved with “TAXTE” or “TEXTA, whereas the genuine product are engraved with “TEXTAR”

·         No fitting instructions included in the box

·         Tamper proof box seal missing

·         The fake parts do not have a batch code and production date

·         The performance of the fake product is significantly lower than the genuine brake pads

If you think you might have gotten suspect brake pads then head to your local dealer and have them inspected, don’t take chances with brake pads folks, get them done properly.

Update on brake pad warning: It’s my understanding that your local VW/Audi/Skoda/Seat dealer will check your pads for free, this is unconfirmed by the press office but as soon as I hear anything I’ll let you all know.

Citroen have released pictures of their rally cars taking flight, the images are huge but worth a look, you’ll find them all here some great full size pictures for those of you who need a new desktop background.