Renault Kwid-based EV Debuts In Europe

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The interior architecture is exactly the same as the existing India-spec Kwid and the City K-ZE. With Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, steering-integrated controls, a 3-5 inch digital instrument cluster and manual air conditioning, it gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. The boot room on offer is 300 litres, which can be expanded by folding down the rear row to 600 litres.

For certain European markets, Renault ‘s subsidiary Dacia has launched an hybrid vehicle. Called Spring Electric, it is based on the City K-ZE parent company that is sold in the Chinese market. The Dacia Spring Electric is the first EV for the company and will be available in Europe from March 2021.

With a 26.8kWh battery pack, the Dacia Spring Electric gets a 44PS/125Nm electric motor, which is the exact same as the City K-ZE. It has a reported range of 225 km (harmonised light-duty vehicle test procedure worldwide). The Spring Electric can be charged through a 30kW DC quick charger to 80 percent in less than an hour and via a 7.4kW Wallbox charger for about five hours. If you use a 2.3kW Wallbox charger, 100 percent juice would take about 14 hours.

The Spring Electric looks similar to its sibling Renault and gets split headlamps, DRL LEDs, flex wheels that resemble alloy wheels and taillights with LEDs. It also comes with a Kwid Climber-like Orange kit, which adds colour splashes to the outside rearview mirror, grille and roof rails.

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