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Korean-built Fluence Z.E. scheduled for 2013 domestic launch

Badged as the SM3 Z.E., the car will be built alongside the conventionally-powered SM3 at the carmaker’s Busan factory, instead of the Bursa, Turkey facility where the mechanically near-identical Fluence Z.E. is built. The move makes the SM3 Z.E. the first Korean-made, mass-market, sub-midsized electric vehicle.

RSM said the Korean-made model will be tailored to its home market, including the option to use Renault Group’s “Quick Drop” battery exchange service, which allows drivers to swap their discharged battery for a fully charged one within minutes at an automated station.  The carmaker is also undertaking smart grid tests in the country, which will manage electricity usage to avoid blackouts.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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