Renault Kwid EV Revealed With Up To 295 Km Range
Unveiled as the Dacia Spring Electric, the car has a 26.8 kWh battery and a 44 HP electric motor.
The Renault Kwid EV unveil has taken place in Europe, where the car will be sold as the Dacia Spring Electric, come spring 2021.
Retaining the design of the Kwid, the electric vehicle has but a few changes to set it apart from ICE counterpart. Revisions on the car include the revised grille upfront that now acts as a movable panel behind which sits the charging port.
There are automatic LED headlights, rear lights with Dacia Y-shaped lighting feature and there is an “Orange Pack” available on the launch version which makes the mirrors, part of the roof bars and part of the front grille get the orange treatment.
Inside, there is space for four adults, and a boot with 300 litres of space. The driver gets a 3.5-inch digital display between the dials in the cluster and as an option the Dacia Spring Electric can be fitted with the Media Nav multimedia.
Customers who opt for that will get 7-inch touchscreen with sat nav, DAB radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and voice control.
Measuring 3734 mm long, 1770 mm wide and 1516 mm tall, the Renault Kwid EV’s European cousin has a wheelbase of 2423 mm and a ground clearance of 150 mm.
Dacia has given the Spring Electric a 26.8 kWh battery and a 44 HP electric motor that delivers 125 Nm torque.
Overall range under the WLTP cycle is 225 km and it increases to 295 km in WLTP City cycle, once again proving that EVs are not good when it comes to munching miles on highways.
Top speed of the car is rated at 125 km/hr, while there is also an ECO mode that reduces power to 31 HP and top speed to 100 km/hr to increase range.
Charging-wise, for a full charge, the car takes less than 14 hours on a 2.3 kW household socket, 8 hours and 30 minutes on a 3.7 kW wallbox, 5 hours on a 7.4 kW wallbox or less than an hour for 80 percent charge on a 30 kW DC terminal. It supports AC charging up to 6.6 kW and DC charging up to 30 kW.
Further, there is a MY Dacia app that shows owners features like battery level, remaining range in real time and it can be used to remotely activate the AC or even locate the car.
Safety features offered on the EV include 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, speed limiter, emergency calling feature and automatic emergency braking. The car comes with a 3 years/1 lakh km warranty and the battery gets 8 years/1.2 lakh km warranty.
Orders for the Dacia Spring Electric will open in spring 2021 and there will also be a car-sharing version and a cargo version on offer in Europe. We expect (its Indian counterpart) the Renault Kwid EV unveil, and eventually its launch, to take place in the near future.