Had a drive in a Renault Fluence EV on Thursday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_Fluence_Z.E. OK it wasn't a production version and was LHD (so weird having everything the wrong way round). It was at an EV car show in London and was there along with the Volt/Ampera, Nissan Leaf etc. The Fluence was a good drive and was much more normal looking than all the other EV's available now (or shortly). In fact it looked a little too bland and it was obvious it was just a conversion of a rather old design. Acceleration was quite good but not as good as the Leaf, though the predicted range is slightly greater. The HV battery sticks out like a massive metal suitcase in the boot/trunk though and there is not much room left - even after Renault have stretched the EV version of the Fluence to allow for the battery. Renault had some of their French engineers there and they were quite knowledgeable and inspired confidence (no, really). I was only in the car for 5 mins or so for a short spin but it was a nice quiet ride. OK car reviews aren't my thing, but I think the Fluence will be a serious contender in the EV market place over here, esp at the price of Â£17,850 compared to the Prius at Â£20,500 and the Leafs Â£26,000. OK you have to lease the HV battery which will be about Â£70 a month depending on mileage over 3 years but that could be a way to go, esp in these early days. Still, it works out about equal to a petrol or diesel car with the added benefit of access to low emission zones in certain cities. Would I get one? Hmmm, probably yes - despite it being a Renault - as the HV battery worry is taken care of. Shame you guys won't be getting it. p.s. No I didn't take any pics.