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Renault will introduce an economy electric compact model, called the K-ZE, in 2019. The global “SUV-inspired” model will be first launched in China and offer 155 miles of range on the outgoing NEDC cycle. 

The car maker revealed a concept version of the K-ZE on the eve of the Paris motor show.

Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn also confirmed that a hybrid Clio and plug-in hybrid Captur and Mégane variants would arrive in Europe in 2020, but gave no details on range. Ghosn added that Renault had been investing in EVs for over a decade, and that it was the only firm to make profit from EVs so far.

The vehicles form the next stage in Renault’s electrification strategy.

Called Drive the Future, it said that by 2022, Renault will have eight EVs and 12 electrified (plug-in or mild-hybrid) vehicles. The K-Ze follows Renault’s five existing EVs: the Twizy, Zoe, Kangoo ZE, Master ZE and the Korea-only RSM SM3 ZE. While Renault’s electric Zoe supermini remains at the forefront of electric car sales – beaten by only the Nissan Leaf for sales globally – the French car maker has been slow to reveal new electric cars, instead expanding its zero-emission van range. 

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The Twingo-sized K-ZE, which will sit below the Zoe in dimensions and cost, will arrive in China first because it is the fastest-growing market for electric cars, said Renault. It is expected to arrive in Europe by 2021, with the final car expected to stay very close to the concept version revealed at Paris.

"Developed markets or developing market can get this car. For me, this is a real revolution. This is car is going to be extremely competitive on all markets in the world," Ghosn said.

The baby EV will be manufactured in China by eGT New Energy Automotive Co, the joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan, created “to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market”, according to Renault. It is not yet clear where European-sold K-ZE models will be made.

"We know the competition is going to be fierce [in China]," Ghosn explained, "but we can not do worse than today, because we have zero electric products today."

The K-ZE will get rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a central screen with connected navigation and services.

The model is based on Renault's and Nissan’s joint CMF A platform, currently used on the Renault Kwid, a popular car in India. Renault said the architecture is heavily adapted for this new model, both for EV application and also Chinese and global markets. The whole subframe and the axles are, for instance, specific to this electric car.

Ghosn said: “Groupe Renault was a pioneer and is the European leader in electric vehicles. We are introducing K-ZE, an affordable, urban, SUV-inspired electric model combining the best of Groupe Renault: our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable vehicles and in forging strong partnerships.”

Ghosn also announced plans for new services within future cars. Called the Augmented Editorial Experience, the “immersive” product combines content, connectivity services and media, “turning travel time into a learning experience”.

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1 October 2018

The car looks ok but the range of 155 miles on the old scales mean in the real work we are looking at about 100 miles. No mention of the KW but must be about 30kw so not very future proof with newer compacts offering 40-64kw, poor effort Renault 

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1 October 2018
The Dr wrote:

The car looks ok but the range of 155 miles on the old scales mean in the real work we are looking at about 100 miles. No mention of the KW but must be about 30kw so not very future proof with newer compacts offering 40-64kw, poor effort Renault 

 

All depends on the price, you’re comparing it with cars costing at least £25k. If this is bargain basement,which it’s Kwid basis suggests it will be, then it could do brilliantly for those for whom 100miles is more than enough, which in reality is most of us most days. 

1 October 2018

yep i guess if you are an urban commuter this will do the job, but I don’t see this being a big seller. Most people travel small distances but need a vehicle for occasional long journeys and this would be a heap of stress and anxiety, maybe a good 2nd car

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1 October 2018
The Dr wrote:

yep i guess if you are an urban commuter this will do the job, but I don’t see this being a big seller. Most people travel small distances but need a vehicle for occasional long journeys and this would be a heap of stress and anxiety, maybe a good 2nd car

 

You are not listening, only hearing. For those who "occasionally" need etc, with the large amount saved on not buying a car with a range beyond necessity, plenty of reserve left to hire a vehicle to cover that eventuality, no stress, no anxiety.

2 October 2018

who is not listening?

The situation that you describe is fine in theory, i.e. planned travel!

Life's not quite like that all the time, however! For those unplanned trips in excess of an EV range (and there are plenty such), people like us in a village will need to travel to the nearest large town (if the hire places are open -Sunday p.m. for instance) or to the nearest airport; then park their shiny EV there and after a couple of hours and a heart-thumping'in-case refundable fee' drive off in a conventional diesel SUV because that is all that's left just now Sir... Reverse the process at the end of the unplanned trip and add the stress and expense of that tiny scratch that you had not noticed abut the attendant will not miss...

Repeat the process as often as required depending on circumstances and then drive the shiny EV into a dealership forecourt and trade it in -at considerable loss- for a normal ICE vehicle or a hybrid if you must...

EVs have a long way to go before they become the 'norm', I fear.

1 October 2018
What a ghastly little car... slow, cramped, uncomfortable, and barely able to complete a trip from Taunton to Plymouth and back. Cheap and nasty, a 21st century equivalent of the Austin A30. Is this really the best that some people in the world's sixth biggest economy can aspire to?

2 October 2018
Rollocks wrote:

What a ghastly little car... slow, cramped, uncomfortable, and barely able to complete a trip from Taunton to Plymouth and back. Cheap and nasty, a 21st century equivalent of the Austin A30. Is this really the best that some people in the world's sixth biggest economy can aspire to?

Why is it slow, cramped and uncomfortable, my wife drives a similar sized city car, it is none of those things so I see no reason to assume this will be, as said above the small range may be an issue but priced right it could be an excellent alternative to a city car, vw's e-up hasnt got any more range and it costs more than a zoe that this is priced beneath. My only issue is the styling, but I am no fan of suv's.

2 October 2018
I think you read a different post to me.

"slow, cramped, cheap"

There's no mention of speed, all you have is pictures regarding comfort, and there's no mention of price. You have no basis to come up with those conclusions!

2 October 2018

Is extremely similar to Mercedes’ new EQC - I bet a Mercedes won’t be too happy about that LOL.

2 October 2018

If it costs less than £15k including the batteries then it might sell OK to people who currently buy buy small ICE cars for purely local driving. 

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