My new Fluence in Denmark
Got my Fluence ZE three weeks ago. Its second hand 1½ years old, and I got it for a good price (considering car prices Denmark!). A second hand car dealer has bought all the Fluence ZE that Renault Denmark opted to give their customers choice of returning when Better Place went out of business, and they are now been sold of at quite attractive prices. They are being sold pretty quickly.
Most of them are white, and as I really wanted a metalic drak grey I had to buy it over the phone without having seen it, otherwise it would have been too late. Turned out nice though, just as promised when I bought it. The guy I was talking to said that on the sunday, it had been like feeding people that hadn't been feed for two weeks. People were almost fighting to get to buy the cars in the most sought after colours.
I'm a little confused by some of the threads on this forum concerning range. I seem to get much more range from my Fluence ZE. At a steady 90 km/h (55 miles/h) I get 150 km (90-95 miles).
Driving it home from the dealer was quite interresting though. The Better Place cars are equiped with a computer/navigator, that among other things also gives you an estimate of how much battery capacity you will have left, when you reach your destination. The distance was 145 km (90 miles) and the battery was only charged to 92% when I took over the car, so the computer told my that I would have -26% (that's MINUS 26%!) when arriving. I figured that it would go if driving very conservatively given the figures I had previously read for range. And sure enough, as the drive progressed the computer slovely but surely started to display a not quite so negative number for remaing battery at arrival. I arrived at home with the computer showing 0% remaining battery and the low battery alarm constanly beeping and flashing, but without any degredation in available power.
Driving it is a real pleasure. I love the quite and the fluent acceleration. People doesn't seem to notice that you are driving an electric car when driving along in traffic, but you sure have to look out for pedestrians when going slow on small roads. They will happily walk out right in front of the car as it is so quite.
When parked in the driveway at home and plugged in, people will approach to ask about the reality of driving an EV. Most people seem to have a very positive attitude towards EVs.
I also own a SSangyong Rexton II. That's a 2,2 tons SUV with 2,7 l turbo diesel. I havent driven it since I got the Fluence. Driving electric is simply so much more pleasent.