Renault is gearing up to introduce its electric iteration of the popular Kwid model in India by 2025, with a price point that remains below Rs 10 lakh. This forthcoming electric vehicle will be constructed upon the adapted Kwid architecture already in use by Renault for production within the country.
Distinguishing itself from the conventional Kwid model, the Kwid EV’s aesthetics will be revised to include redesigned bumpers, lights, and grille, enhancing its electric vehicle-like appearance.
Having already achieved success in markets such as China and Europe under various monikers like Dacia and Dongfeng, the Kwid EV’s attraction to the Indian consumer base is anchored in its fusion of budget-friendly pricing, cost-effective operational expenses, roomy interior, and the characteristic design of a crossover vehicle.
The metamorphosis from an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle to an electric one necessitates substantial alterations. The removal of the rear-mounted fuel tank, installation of a flat floor, and the fortification of the chassis to support a weighty, level battery all come into play. Simultaneously, adjustments are made to the suspension to adeptly manage the augmented load.
In the Indian context, Renault’s Kwid EV is poised to enter the market in direct competition with contenders like Tata Motors’ Tiago EV, the Citroen eC3, and MG’s Comet, creating a heterogeneous spectrum of choices for consumers. Notably, the Kwid EV draws its foundation from the Dacia Spring platform, itself originating from the Renault Kwid produced in India.
Venkatram Mamillapalle, the Managing Director of Renault India, has affirmed the company’s unwavering dedication to their EV roadmap. The forthcoming EV will be erected upon the CMF-A platform and is anticipated to make its debut around 2024 or 2025.
With the initial rollout, the company aspires to attain a localization rate of 55-60 percent, while placing substantial emphasis on localizing the production of batteries and cells to curtail costs and bolster broader acceptance of Renault’s EV lineup.
The European rendition of the Kwid EV boasts figures of 44hp, 125Nm of torque, and is equipped with a 26.8kWh battery pack, proffering a purported city range of 295km in accordance with the WLTP cycle.
Although the specifics of the Indian version might differ, Renault’s objective is to craft a competitive offering that mirrors the accomplishments of the Tiago and Tigor EVs, a tandem that has collectively notched up sales of 50,000 units. The strategic pricing, particularly during the initial phase, will remain an instrumental variable in determining the Kwid EV’s potential triumph.