I’ve just spent two fascinating days driving and learning about a brace of vehicles from Renault’s new electric range – the Fluence ZE, which you can read about here, and the Kangoo ZE light van.

One of the main things that struck me about the Fluence ZE – which is billed as the first electric three-box family saloon – is the relaxing driving experience.

While at first the smooth power delivery and lack of noise is slightly unnerving, it soon becomes a charming part of the car’s character.

For the occupants, electric vehicles such as the Fluence ZE offer an almost noise-free environment, with just a faint whine from the single-gear transmission and the sound of tyres on the road.

I was surprised that during a test drive on a quiet stretch of road, several pedestrians and cyclists turned around to look as I approached in the Fluence ZE.