Concerns about climate change are bubbling up all over the world. People have taken to the streets, protesting and demanding that governments enforce drastic policies to protect forests, reduce CO2 emissions and to promote a different type of lifestyle. In the automotive industry, this social movement has given rise to the need of replacing old technologies, like internal combustion engines, with environmentally-friendly alternatives.
One cannot deny that electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry. Even though automakers find this switch particularly challenging in terms of development costs, some have already confirmed that they are working on an electric or hybrid model.
Dacia, Renault’s budget brand, will debut a low-cost electric car concept this year, on March 3rd, at the Geneva Motor Show. Official sources say that Dacia’s first EV will be an affordable “urban city car” that would sell for 10,000 euros in Europe. Furthermore, it is widely believed the low-cost EV will be based on an existing Renault product, rather than being a model developed from the ground up.
Motoring press reports said it will be a version of the City K-ZE electric car that is produced and sold in China by Renault and its Chinese joint venture partners. The City K-ZE is sold in China for about 8,000 euros. The K-ZE is a battery-powered version of the Renault Kwid microcar that is sold in India and Brazil. The Kwid is built on the CMF-A platform that Renault shares with alliance partner Nissan.
Whether it will be derived from China’s Renault K-ZE remains to be seen, but what we know with certainty is that the 3rd of March will mark a new beginning for Dacia with a preview of the “most accessible 100% electric city car on the market.”