Would you like to see a lower-priced EV, for those who can’t afford a Tesla or a Taycan? How does $8,700 sound? The Renault City KZ-E has a 30 kWh battery pack, a range of 168 miles (on the NEDC cycle), DC fast charging and an LCD control panel. There’s only one catch: you’ll have to go to China to buy one.
The electric version of the Renault Kwid made its debut at the recent Chengdu Motor Show, and will be offered in five variants in the Chinese market by the end of this year. Renault hopes to introduce it to India in 2022.
Renault developed the small city car in collaboration with local partner Dongfeng. It’s manufactured by eGT New Energy, a joint venture of Dongfeng and Nissan, and uses battery packs from Tianjin Lishen.
Renault is also working on an electric version of the Twingo, as well as a compact crossover, and either or both of these models may be announced for the European and US markets sometime in the next couple of years.