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.