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Renault#8217;s EV Features A Swappable

The first production electric from Renault will a replaceable battery pack to work with the $500,000 swap station designed by Valley startup Better

The car, which is based on the sedan (pictured) and called the will place the battery the rear seat. An opening the car will allow the Better swap station to remove and the battery in about the time it to fill a car with gasoline. see the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in according to Israel#8217;s Globes .

Renault is working with Place to bring electric #8212; and the infrastructure needed to them going #8212; to and says the Fluence will be in Israel during the second of 2011. Better Plans to 150,000 plug-in charging and about 100 battery swap throughout the country by then.

The is one of three electric cars the automaker is bringing to Frankfurt.

In to the Fluence, Renault will off the too-cute Kangoo be bop Z.E.. has a claimed range of 60 to 100 miles a lithium-ion battery, and a concept car of kind.

Renault isn#8217;t saying about the concept, but Autocar it is a hatchback probably based on the Clio or Nissan Cube owns Nissan). The French Auto Plus says a hatchback that is based on the and looks a bit like the Smart.

the case, Renault says all of its EVs feature unique, but not outlandish,

“We want a real signature for our range, so when people see one in the they will know it is a electric car,” development Christian Steyer told . “The key is to do this without customers away. Customers be tempted, and not rushed too fast.#8221;

The Fluence#8217;s battery and drivetrain haven#8217;t been disclosed, but to Globes . car will feature two options besides the swap Renault calls #8220;Quick You can recharge the pack in six to eight using a 220-volt line at 10 to 16 A second option uses a line #8212; often in industrial settings and large buildings #8212; with a 32-ampere socket to give you an 80 charge in about 30 minutes, to Globes .

#8220;For some car users, the arguments of electric cars be too good to resist,” Steyer according to Autocar . “With the Drop system there is no – you can get a new battery faster than you can up with fuel at a pump.”

Place founder Shai wants to bring the cell subscription model to electric

The company will provide the for motorists to charge their and bill them for the power use. Subscribers also be able to #8220;swap#8221; the batteries at a station similar to the prototype Place unveiled in Japan in May .

“We’re an electrical services is how Sidney Goodman, Better VP of auto alliances, explained it to us “We buy batteries and electricity, and we sell

The swap station works a lot an automated car wash, and Better says it can swap your battery for a fresh one and have you on way in less than five Because people will the the service and not actually own the battery in the Goodman says people be guaranteed a fresh battery. Place sees the swap as something people would use occasionally #8211; during a trip, for example #8211; and it most people to plug cars in overnight.

Renault also is working French electricity company EDF to a charging network in France would allow cars to with charging stations something the two companies call line communications.#8221; The technology allow for the secure transmission of between the charging stations the cars, including vehicle numbers and billing information.

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