Despite its apparent novelty, the Dacia Spring is a model already known and for good reason: it is already running, at least its Chinese version, the City K-ZE. Indeed, it is the version of its Chinese subsidiary that Renault decided to borrow to build the “Logan of the electric car”. In Asia, this model is sold for less than 10,000 euros. And in Europe? Its price is not yet official but this low cost vehicle will undoubtedly be positioned under the Twingo ZE (21,350 euros). It is rumored that its price could be around 15,000 euros, or about 10,000 euros by playing the ecological bonus card.
The Spring wants to be a gateway to the electric and embody a new Renault strategy that has so far concerned only one model, the Zoé. If the latter was intended to demonstrate that Renault knew how to make electric cars, the Spring wants to democratize them.
Dacia Spring: a compact SUV at nearly 10,000 euros?
At this price level, what to expect? Quite simply the technical basis of a K-ZE. That is to say an electric motor of 33 kW (equivalent of 44 hp), 125 km / h of maximum speed and a battery of 26.8 kWh allowing to travel 225 km in theory. As for recharging, it will again be limited to 6.6 kWh (i.e. 5 hours to regain the full capacity of its battery), unless you opt for the Combo option opening the door to direct current recharging (30 kW).
As for the equipment, we recognize the Dacia touch. The small SUV is spartan by offering the bare minimum. Of course, the catalog of options (reversing camera, electric mirrors, air conditioning, etc.) improves comfort on board, but it will increase the cost.
The cheapest electric on the market, for a while
Despite poor equipment, the Spring could benefit from its rather unique position. The first low-cost electric vehicle on the market, it should be unrivaled for many months to come. Indeed, it should be marketed in early 2021, but its potential rivals have not yet been announced.
Volkswagen is preparing an ID.1, and FCA intends to release an electric Panda, but these launches could come one to two years after Dacia’s entry into the electric market.