Renault Kwid-based EV Debuts As Dacia Spring Electric In Europe
The Renault Kwid-based EV first debuted in China as the Renault City K-ZE
Dacia Spring Electric is basically a Kwid EV to serve commercial purposes in European markets.
Features 26.8kWh battery with 44PS/125Nm electric motor, same as the City K-ZE.
Charges to 80 percent in less than an hour through a 30kW DC fast charger.
Renault Kwid-based EV coming to India by 2022.
Renault’s subsidiary Dacia has unveiled an electric car for some European markets. Called the Spring Electric, it’s based on the parent company’s City K-ZE which is sold in the Chinese market. The Dacia Spring Electric is the brand’s first EV and will be available from March 2021 in Europe.
The Dacia Spring Electric gets a 44PS/125Nm electric motor with a 26.8kWh battery pack, which is the exact same as the City K-ZE. It has a claimed range of 225km (world harmonized light-duty vehicles test procedure). The Spring Electric can be charged to 80 percent in less than an hour through a 30kW DC fast charger and around five hours through a 7.4kW Wallbox charger. Around 14 hours will be needed for 100 percent juice if you use a 2.3kW Wallbox charger.
The Spring Electric looks identical to its Renault sibling and gets split headlamps, LEDs for the DRLs, flex wheels which imitate alloy wheels and LED taillights. It gets a Kwid Climber-like Orange pack as well, which adds splashes of colour for the outside rearview mirror, grille and roof rails.
The interior layout is exactly the same as the City K-ZE and the current India-spec Kwid. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, steering-integrated controls, a 3-5-inch digital instrument cluster and manual air conditioning. The boot space on offer is 300 litres, which can be increased to 600 litres by folding the rear row down.
The Spring Electric will be manufactured at Renault’s plant in China. The India-bound Kwid EV will reach our shores by 2022 and is most likely to be based on the second-gen Kwid. It will be underpinned by the CMF-A platform which also does duties in the Kwid. When launched in India, it will square off against Maruti’s WagonR-based EV which is expected to launch next year.
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