Dacia Spring EV concept – rebadged Renault City K-ZE

Dacia Spring EV concept – rebadged Renault City K-ZE

Electric vehicles are almost a requirement for carmakers these days, and Dacia is set to enter that space by previewing the Spring Electric Concept. If there’s a sense of familiarity here, that is because the Spring is actually a rebadged version of the Renault City K-ZE that is already being sold in China.

Unfortunately, Dacia won’t launch the Spring until at least 2021 in Europe, hence why it is still being labelled a concept for now. Styling-wise, the concept looks nearly identical to the City K-ZE with some minor differences like the Dacia-specific grille and lighting signature.

On the latter, the front sees LED horizontal strips in the upper section and six-piece elements built in to the bumper, while the rear sports a “double-Y’ effect instead. Other highlights seen on the concept include a pastel grey exterior finish with splashes of matte fluorescent orange, along with a high ground clearance and skid plates integrated with the bumpers.

Dacia Spring EV concept – rebadged Renault City K-ZE

The company hasn’t provided any powertrain details but it should mimic the City K-ZE, which has an electric motor that delivers 44 hp (33 kW) and 125 Nm of torque. A 26.8 kWh lithium-ion battery powers the electric motor, and can be recharged via AC or DC charging, with Renault claiming a range of 271 km following NEDC regulations. Dacia says its Spring will have a “range of over 200 km in WLTP” in production form.

Just like the City K-ZE, the Dacia Spring aims to be one of Europe’s most affordable EVs when it goes on sale, providing motorists with an option for a vehicle with low running costs, ease of driving, silent operation, zero-emissions, simple charging and easy maintenance.

GALLERY: Renault City K-ZE

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

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