Tucked away in an otherwise boring press release is news of a new cheap electric car.
Renault issued a press release on December 7th about a corporate change, with Gilles Normand set to become Senior Vice-President of the company’s Electric Vehicle division from January 1st, 2017. That’s not what you would call exciting news, but our eagle-eyed colleagues at InsideEVs have discovered the press release also briefly refers to a new affordable electric car. Unfortunately, there aren’t any other details at this point, other than the fact that Renault is currently working on it.
The model in question might have something to do with Renault-Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn announcement made more than a month ago about plans to develop a cheap EV for China, which he referred to as a game changer. The car in question will cost between $7,000 and $8,000 before any local incentives and is being developed with partner Nissan in a bid to create a more successful product than the slow-selling Venucia e30, which is nothing more than a rebadged Leaf.
Although the identity of the model has not been disclosed, let’s not forget that back in February 2014 at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, India there was a Kwid concept pictured above. It was powered by a turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline engine, but Renault said at that point the concept was Z.E.-ready, so it able to accommodate an all-electric powertrain.
The announcement comes days after the introduction of an upgraded Kangoo Z.E. with a 50-percent increased range, now at 124 miles (200 kilometers) in the real world. In addition, it was only a few months ago when Renault unveiled the 2017 all-electric Zoe Z.E. 40 boasting a 41-kWh battery with enough juice for 186 miles (300 km), also in the real world.
Renault points out in the same press release it has a 25-percent EV market share in Europe and has managed so far to sell more than 100,000 electric cars on the old continent since 2012.
Source: Renault via InsideEVs