Dacia recently showcased Renault Kwid EV look-a-alike Dacia Spring EV. It was announced in March 2020 and is available in its standard version with two new versions for new mobilities: a version adapted to car-sharing for shared electric urban mobility, and a cargo utility vehicle, for last-mile deliveries with no pollutant emissions.
The Spring is a revolution: as the lowest-priced electric city car on the market in Europe, it makes electric mobility even more accessible. Spring EV by Dacia shares its disruptive SUV look with Renault Kwid EV (showcased this year at Auto Expo), it boasts unprecedented roominess, a simple and reliable electric engine.
Kwid EV/Spring EV Battery & Range
At the 2020 Auto Expo, Renualt Kwid was showcased with a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery and the company claimed it has a range of 271 kilometers. The French automaker had further said that the car can be charged from 30% to 80% in around 30 minutes. The car has not entered production in India, yet, but the Dacia Spring EV going on sale is a good sign that the Indian version might as well see the day of light soon. The spring EV has exactly the same battery configuration as the Renault Kwid EV – a 26.8 kWh battery. Dacia claims Spring EV has a driving range of 225 km (140 miles) WLTP. The range can be improved by almost 10% by simply pressing the ECO button on the instrument panel thanks to a power limit of 23 kW (instead of 33 kW) and a top speed limit of 100 kph (62 mph).
Spring EV offers a wide choice of charging options: on a 220 V home socket using the cable supplied as standard, on a Wallbox (with the available optional cable) or on a DC charging station (optional).
The charging time of the Lithium-ion battery is:
• less than one hour for 80% of charge on a 30 kW DC terminal
• less than 5 hours for 100% of charge on a 7,4 kW Wallbox
• less than 8h30 hours for 100% of charge on a 3.7 kW Wallbox
• less than 14 hours for 100% of charge on a 2.3 kW household socket
The free MY Dacia app allows drivers to find out the battery level and remaining driving range in kilometers in real-time via smartphone, to launch pre-conditioning of the passenger compartment (air conditioning), and also to locate the car in real-time. When the Spring Electric is plugged in, the app informs the driver of the progress of the charge and enables them to switch it on or off.
The Dacia Spring Electric is guaranteed for three years and 100,000 km (62,140 miles) and its battery eight years and 120,000 km (74,600 miles).
The Spring Electric has many standard safety features: a speed limiter, ABS, ESP, electronic brakeforce distribution, six airbags, emergency call (SOS button), automatic headlight activation and automatic emergency braking.
The exact pricing of Renault Kwid based EV has not been announced, but the subcompact Spring will be less expensive than the present EVs in Europe with a starting price expected to land less than $23,000.