Lithium Manganese battery packs in the electric Renaults (ZE) from 201217 May 2011
While the first vehicles delivered (this September) will be equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries, developed by Nissan as part of its partnership with NEC, from 2012 Renault will produce its own Lithium Manganese battery in Europe (France, England and Portugal).
This technology offers the best cost / performance / security ratio according to Thierry Koskas, director of the program Renault ZE, Mr Koskas also announces the development of a "new technological option" in partnership with the CEA Grenoble (research center on nanotechnologies and renewable energies) which could emerge within 5 years.
Renault has opted for a leasing strategy of the battery pack allowing a life warranty and a more attractive price, such as the electric sedan Fluence ZE which will proposed at € 26,300 in France (before governmental grant), much cheaper than its competitors (Nissan Leaf, Opel Ampera, Chevrolet Volt) and even compared to smaller compact vehicles such as the ones offered by Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi.
Via Les Echos
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