Renault’s low-cost brand Dacia will present its first 100% electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Dacia “city car” will be launched in 2021-22, Renault announced to analysts.
Dacia and Renault executives have not provided further details, but the specialized press thinks 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 sells 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 powertrains or other expensive electrified ones.
Dacia executives are clear that any electric car in their range must be affordable and have a significantly lower price than the Renault Zoe, which sells for around 24,000 euros 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 euros in Europe.
The K-ZE is a battery-powered version of the Renault Kwid microcar that is 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 that seats seven passengers. It is unclear whether the Kwid or the Triber will meet European safety standards or other homologation standards, but Renault has not ruled out bringing the K-ZE to Europe.