the cheapest electric car?

the cheapest electric car?

Renault presented the Dacia Spring, an electric city car with an SUV look that will offer up to 295 km of autonomy in the city. The manufacturer promises us that it will be “the most affordable on the market”.

As promised, Renault today unveiled the Dacia Spring, the brand’s first 100% electric model with which the manufacturer intends to impose itself on the entry level. The design had already been unveiled and it features feature for feature that of the Renault City K-ZE sold in China. We are on an SUV style, with widened wheel arches, a reinforced sill and a ground clearance of 1500mm when empty.

The interior of the Dacia Spring was still unknown to us. Unsurprisingly, it is basic in its finish as well as in its services: 4 seats, 4 electric windows, a 3.5 inch screen for instrumentation. Manual air conditioning, the multimedia system with 7-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, electric mirror adjustments and a real spare wheel are available as options. The trunk volume is 300 liters and it can be doubled when the rear seats are folded down.

On the engine side, the Dacia Spring uses a 33 kW electric motor (equivalent to 44 horsepower) which delivers 125 Nm of torque. The 26.8 kWh battery will provide 225 km of range in the WLTP cycle and up to 295 km in the urban WLTP cycle. Renault specifies that the autonomy can be improved by about 10% by activating an “ECO” button which restricts the engine power to 23 kW and the maximum speed to 100 km / h (against 125 km / h).

The Dacia Spring at 10,000 euros?

Charging time varies depending on the source: less than 14 hours on a conventional 2.3 kW mains socket; less than 8.5 hours on a 3.7 Kw Wallbox; less than 5 hours on a 7.4 Kw Wallbox; less than an hour for an 80% charge on a DC 30 kW terminal (Renault figures).

Renault has also planned a cargo version of the Dacia Spring which will offer a volume of 800 liters and a payload of 325 kg. The Dacia Spring will be guaranteed for 3 years or 100,000 km and its battery will be guaranteed for 8 years or 120,000 km. On the price side, the manufacturer has not yet released a price, but announces that the Spring will be the “most affordable” electric car on the market. Several specialized sites speak of a price of 15,000 euros which would increase to 10,000 euros once the ecological bonus is deducted. Orders for the Dacia Spring will open in spring 2021 with a battery included in the purchase price and two levels of equipment.

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