Having introduced mainland Europe’s cheapest electric car in 2021, Dacia has now confirmed that it’ll look to follow suit and make the Dacia Spring Britain’s cheapest EV in 2024, when it launches the upcoming facelifted version in right-hand-drive form.
British consumers haven’t been offered a sub-£20,000 electric car since the UK government ended financial incentives for EV adoption in 2022 - but as of next year, this car could be on sale here from as little as £18,000.
That should be a low enough showroom price to secure the standout status Dacia wants for this car, even with several competitors, both European and Chinese, preparing to launch direct competition for it. You’ll no doubt guess how that’s possible: because the Spring is built in China, as part of a joint venture between Dacia parent Renault, alliance partner Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Group. Whatever you might think about that, it certainly gives Dacia the chance to engage with the likes of BYD and MG Motor, in Europe, on more level terms than some of its competitors might enjoy - which the company is grabbing with both hands.