Renault’s low-cost brand Dacia will present its first 100% electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Dacia “city car” will launch in 2021-22, Renault announced to analysts.
Dacia and Renault executives have not given more details, but the specialized press thinks that it will be a version of the City K-ZE electric car that is produced and sold in China by Renault and its Chinese partners. The City K-ZE is sold in China for about 8,000 euros.
Dacia does not currently have any electric vehicles in its low-cost range, which is based on older technology from the Renault Group. Dacia cars have relatively high CO2 emissions because the brand does not have hybrid or other expensive electrified drivetrains.
Dacia executives are clear that any electric car in its range must be affordable and priced significantly less than the Renault Zoe, which sells for around €24,000 in Europe. Former Renault CEO Thierry Bollore said at the Frankfurt Motor Show last fall that Renault was working on an electric vehicle that would sell for €10,000 in Europe.
The K-ZE is a battery-powered version of the Renault Kwid microcar sold in India and Brazil. The Kwid is built on the CMF-A platform of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The Kwid was joined this year in India by the Triber, a larger version with seating for seven passengers. It’s unclear whether the Kwid or Triber will meet European safety or other homologation standards, but Renault hasn’t ruled out bringing the K-ZE to Europe.