Budget brand Dacia will launch its first electric vehicle in 2021
Dacia has confirmed that it will launch its first fully electric car in 2021, and the new model is expected to become Europe’s cheapest EV when it arrives in showrooms.
The model was confirmed by executives at Renault’s 2019 annual results conference. A slide shown during the presentation labelled the upcoming vehicle as ‘Dacia Urban city car’ under the 100 per cent electric category.
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While there are no official details on exactly what the Dacia EV will be, Auto Express understands that the model will be a Dacia-badged version of the Renault K-ZE city car that is currently on sale in China.
The model measures 3.73 metres long, which puts in between an Audi A1 and VW up! In terms of size, and has seating for four adults.
The Renault K-ZE sold in China makes use of a 26.8kWh battery that gives an electric range of around 155 miles. One electric motor powers the front axle and delivers 44bhp and 125Nm of torque to give a top speed of 65mph. It’s likely that Dacia will sacrifice some of the car’s electric range to boost performance.
Changes to the Dacia K-ZE for Europe are likely to focus on improving quality and adding more equipment to better suit the needs of European customers. The current Renault K-ZE features electric windows, an eight-inch touchscreen and air conditioning as standard, but ESP and side airbags don’t feature.
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