Renault and Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor announced their partnership in producing an electric car for the Chinese market.

The joint venture between the two is called Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) will be bringing a "new" electric vehicle (EV) to the Chinese market in 2017. It will be based on the Fluence ZE, which is the electric version of the conventional Fluence that is no more present in Europe, but is still available in South Korea as Samsung Motors SM3 ZE.

Renault hasn't given any information yet on whether the new electric model, offered by Dongfeng under his name brand, will appear as a re-named Fluence ZE, or will it be, in fact, developed anew.

Otherwise, Renault is already indirectly working with Dongfeng through its business partner Nissan – namely, Dongfeng is producing Venucia e30, an electric vehicle for the Chinese market, based on Nissan Leaf.

Oct. 19, 2015 Driving photo: Renault

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