Chinese-market baby EV is heading for Europe, possibly with Dacia badging and a £10k price
Richard Bremner Autocar
28 October 2019

Renault’s budget all-electric City K-ZE small car is to be upgraded for European sale. It could be badged as a Dacia and is likely to kick-start the group’s future shared mobility initiative.

The Renault Group’s official line is that “it will announce a variant of K-ZE, adapted to Europe, as an entry point into zero-emissions-in-use mobility” and it wouldn’t confirm or deny the use of Dacia branding when questioned.

The K-ZE is a small A-segment SUV, keenly priced from £6900 in China to attract younger buyers.

According to Renault’s head of electric vehicles, Gilles Normand: “A special version of the K-ZE will come to Europe.”

The European version is likely to have safety equipment upgrades and possibly a small improvement to its official NEDC range of 155 miles.

The limited range enables Renault to keep the price low and, Normand said, the need for a big range is less important because this is a city car.

In Chinese specification, the K-ZE has a 44bhp, 88lb ft electric motor. It needs seven seconds to reach 37mph and has a top speed of 65mph.

Renault brand boss Thierry Bolloré told Autocar at last month’s Frankfurt show that the firm is looking at how to bring an EV to Europe for “around £10,000”.

The K-ZE was designed at the outset as a global model and will have been engineered in several forms. It will, however, be produced in only one plant – Shiyan, China – to contain costs.

Within Renault’s electric line-up, the K-ZE sits beneath the recently upgraded Zoe, but it could also make an affordable entry into electric motoring for Renault-owned Dacia.

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Renault’s vice-president of sales, Olivier Murguet, recently confirmed that the brand will launch the K-ZE in Europe despite the decline in the smallcar market, because it believes the small electric SUV will be an “ideal car for car sharing”.

Claiming that young people are shifting away from buying cars into more flexible rental platforms, Murguet said: “They will rent this kind of car and this is why we believe the day an A-segment EV comes to the market in Europe, it could have a huge success in car sharing.”

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28 October 2019

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

FM8

28 October 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

Your obsession with xxxx continues under your new pseudonym, but what's your opinion on the topic in question?

28 October 2019
FM8 wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

Your obsession with xxxx continues under your new pseudonym, but what's your opinion on the topic in question?

 

Quite obviously and as YOU very well know...I don't have one...

FM8

28 October 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

FM8 wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

Your obsession with xxxx continues under your new pseudonym, but what's your opinion on the topic in question?

 

Quite obviously and as YOU very well know...I don't have one...

Well do everyone a favour and fxxk off.

29 October 2019
FM8 wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

FM8 wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

Your obsession with xxxx continues under your new pseudonym, but what's your opinion on the topic in question?

 

Quite obviously and as YOU very well know...I don't have one...

Well do everyone a favour and fxxk off.

 

She who loses her rag, loses the right to be respected.

28 October 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

 

Autocar, you appear to have successfully stopped the spam ad posts in the comments, any chance you could now deal with posters who just post abuse?...

28 October 2019
Bob Cat Brian wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

Not long before the negative, uninformed, ill advised comments posted by you arrive. Stick with the Ladybird book, stage 1 for you, until you can master the 2 times table.

 

Autocar, you appear to have successfully stopped the spam ad posts in the comments, any chance you could now deal with posters who just post abuse?...

 

Yep, will get right on it.

28 October 2019
If this does arrive at £10k or under it could be a really big seller for city users, a slightly higher top speed would help as although we live in a city, my wife's commute takes her onto a dual carriageway with motorway speed limits, and I am sure she isn't the only one, still a great opportunity to have a low priced bev. Let's hope it doesn't get more expensive with battery rental as that charge prohibits our use as the minimum rental is more than we pay for petrol a month.

28 October 2019
si73 wrote:

Let's hope it doesn't get more expensive with battery rental as that charge prohibits our use as the minimum rental is more than we pay for petrol a month.

That's precisely why I can't consider a second hand Zoe.

FM8

28 October 2019
But if they are looking to bring it to Europe (not necessarily the UK) and possibly using it to kick-start a shared mobility scheme, why would they quote a possible retail figure. Surely this would be largely irrelevant to the end user, who is paying X or Y for week or months use.

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