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Renault plans city electric car for low-priced subsidiary Dacia

Posted by Christian Pfäffli on

At the end of last week, Groupe Renault presented its financial results. The presentation included an interesting product roadmap on future electric cars and plug-in hybrids of the Group: In addition to the long available Zoe and the recently announced plug-in hybrid versions of the SUV Captur and the compact car Megane as well as the Clio Hybrid (without plug), Renault announced no less than nine further electrified models: Two new plug-in hybrids, including a completely new model, four plugless hybrid cars and two pure electric cars.

For the all-electric Twingo Z.E., the market launch towards the end of 2020 is once again confirmed, while the first all-electric car on Renault's new, explicit electric platform CMF-EV is scheduled for the end of 2022. In addition, Renault has also announced that an electric car from its low-cost subsidiary Dacia will be available as an "Urban City Car" for the period 2021/2022. Since Renault did not provide any concrete details about the car, we are now moving into the realm of speculation.

Two scenarios are conceivable for the first Dacia electric car: On the one hand, it could be a downsized version of the Twingo Z.E., which has been sharing the platform with Daimler's Smart EQ ForFour for several years now, both models coming off the production line in Slovenia. The E-Twingo could benefit the Smart's electric drive train: 60 kW / 82 hp and a good 150 km range from the 17.6 kWh battery.

On the other hand, the Dacia electric vehicle could also trade a European version of the Renault City K-ZE mini SUV, which the manufacturer has so far been selling exclusively in China. In any case, the performance data of the K-ZE would also be available to Dacia's low-priced vehicles: It has an output of 33 kW / 45 hp, can travel a good 270 kilometres on one battery charge according to the NEDC and reaches a maximum of 105 km/h. Within 50 minutes at the quick charging station, the K-ZE charges to 80 percent. After four hours at the wallbox, the 27 kWh battery of the K-ZE is ready for full range again.

The Renault K-ZE is available in China from 61,800 Yuan, about 8200 Euros. This is also in the Dacia league, although the car is likely to get a higher quality safety package and better performance data for the European market, in order to be able to compete seriously with other cheap city electric cars, such as the identical VW trio around e-UP, Skoda Citigo e-iV and Seat Mii Electric. The K-ZE-Dacia would undercut this trio by a few thousand Euros with an estimated 15,000 Euros.
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