Renault will unveil its smallest and most-affordable EV based mostly on the Kwid hatchback on the Shanghai motor present 2019. The Renault Kwid EV will likely be constructed with Dongfeng Motors, the model’s Chinese language associate, with manufacturing anticipated to start later this yr for the Chinese language market in addition to a couple of export markets. It is going to be produced at Dongfeng's manufacturing facility in Shiyan in central China, which has an annual manufacturing capability of 1,20,000 models.
Renault showcased the Kwid EV in idea kind because the Okay-ZE idea final yr on the Paris motor present. The production-spec Kwid EV is anticipated to sport a styling near that of the idea. On the entrance, it will get a trendy grille with a break up headlamp design that divides the LED daytime operating lamps and huge headlamps positioned under them – a structure much like that on the Tata Harrier and the upcoming Hyundai Venue SUV.
On the rear, the Kwid EV will get new tail-lights and a barely redesigned bumper. The sunshine models on the rear additionally seem like LED models, meant to present the automobile a extra fashionable look.
The Kwid EV’s powertrain is collectively developed by Renault and Dongfeng below the eGT New Vitality Automotive three way partnership that was fashioned final yr. Whereas no technical particulars of the production-spec Kwid EV have been revealed but, the Okay-ZE idea was stated to have a claimed vary of 250km within the NEDC cycle and be able to being charged by way of home plugs and public charging infrastructure.
The carmaker has plans to introduce at the least one EV in India by 2022 as a part of its ‘Drive the Future’ mid-term plan from 2017 to 2022.
In an interview with Autocar India, Carlos Ghosn, former chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault, had known as the Kwid EV as “logical for India however not imminent”.
Renault can be gearing up for the market launch of the brand new Triber MPV which is anticipated to be within the coming months.