Renault has a subtle electric vehicle division up and running in Europe. The French carmaker has now chosen its smallest hatchback, the Kwid for electrification. The Renault Kwid electric K-ZE concept was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. This Renault Kwid electric is part of the plan detailed in the strategic plan Drive the Future. This includes new as well as affordable urban electric vehicle for next year. Renault will start first with the Chinese market thereafter which new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options of the Clio and Captur will be available in 2020.
What’s the juicy bit on the Renault Kwid electric?
The Renault Kwid electric car has got a range of 250km. It supports dual charging wherein which one may charge it using your regular home plug or from other commercial outlets. While details on the batteries and other technical specifications are awaited, this vehicle will be manufactured in China. The Dongfeng Motor Group as well as Nissan have created a new company called e-GT New Energy Automotive Co in China. e-GT New Energy Automotive Co will help make affordable electric vehicles for the Chinese market.
As we all are aware, the Kwid is inspired by Renault SUVs. The electric version seen here will have the same styling albeit with a few changes. These include the closed grille, slimmer LED headlamps, LED fog lights, skid plates in the front and back as well as lightweight 15-inch alloys. The vehicle will likely be offered exclusively in a fetching white paint scheme with a blue roof. There will be blue outlines across the body too. The kit includes reverse camera, parking sensors as well as the SatNav media system.
Is the Renault Kwid electric coming to India?
While Renault India hasn’t been as bullish as they should be, the Kwid electric coming here makes sense. Customers have been warming up to the idea of an electric vehicle. Now with Suzuki and Toyota announcing their joint venture for electric vehicles , Renault may also step in. Electrification for the Suzuki range in India may start with the Wagon R. The Renault Kwid electric will be a proper foil for it. Especially with that claimed 250km range.
Pricing will be a key, If Renault can get it for an on-road price of Rs 5 lakh, then it has a decent chance of striking gold. Currently, the most affordable electric car in the market is the Mahindra e2o plus. The on-road price for the Mahindra offering is around Rs 8 lakh.