The Dacia Spring, Europe’s cheapest electric car, is now on sale. However, markets like the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta haven’t received it, as there is no right-hand-drive version yet. Dacia is considering a Spring right-hand drive, but it could take three to six months to reach the final decision, EVP & CEO Denis Le Vot has told Autocar.
The British publication doesn’t provide a reason behind the delay, but Luca de Meo, the CEO of Renault Group, had hinted in June that the Spring’s production was also hit by the semiconductor chip shortage. Previously Le Vot said that Dacia would decide on the Spring Electric RHD launch by the end of 2021, as reported by Auto Express in June 2021.
The Dacia Spring Electric is a Renault Kwid EV-based electric car for Europe that debuted at the Renault eWays event (October 2020). Here’s everything there is to know about the car:
Design & Features
On the design front, the Dacia Spring Electric looks very similar to its donor, the Renault Kwid. Exterior highlights include split headlamps, LED DRLs, a unique upper grille with 3D elements, 14-inch steel wheels disguised to look like alloy wheels, roof bars, and tail lamps with a Y-shaped lighting signature.
Inside, the Spring Electric’s sole substantial difference from the Chinese Renault City K-ZE is the signature Dacia four-spoke steering wheel. In addition, a 3.5-inch MID and 7-inch Media Nav touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice recognition will be available in the low-cost electric car.
The Dacia Spring Electric is the safest member in the Kwid family with automatic headlights, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), six airbags, emergency call (SOS button), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) coming standard.
Range & Charging
The Dacia Spring Electric measures 3734 mm in length, 1622 mm in width, and 1516 mm in height. It has a 2423 mm wheelbase and a 150 mm ground clearance. A 26.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack is standard, and so is a motor generating 33 kW (44 PS) and 125 Nm.
Source – Mécanique Sportive
The Dacia Spring Electric has a top speed of 125 km/h, and it can be charged with up to 6.6 kW using an AC charger and up to 30 kW using a DC charger. Below are the Dacia Spring Electric charging times:
As for the Dacia Spring Electric range, a full charge lets the driver go up to 230 km (WLTP). However, the city-only WLTP range of the Dacia Spring Electric is 305 km. Furthermore, Groupe Renault says that the average daily driving distance for an A-segment car/city car in Europe is 31 km. So, most Dacia Spring Electric owners may need to charge their car only once a week fully.
|Charger||Charging Level||Charging Time|
|2.3 kW AC charger (household socket)||100%||Less than 14 hours|
|3.7 kW AC charger (wallbox)||100%||Less than 8 hours 30 minutes|
|7.4 kW AC charger (wallbox)||100%||Less than 5 hours|
|30 kW DC charger (fast-charging station)||80%||Less than 1 hour|
Production & Price
The Dacia Spring is manufactured alongside the K-ZE by eGT (a joint venture company of the Dongfeng Motor Group and the Renault-Nissan Alliance) in Shiyan, China. The production capacity of the Chinese plant could increase from 100,000 units/year to 130,000 units/year with the additional European market allocation. The Dacia Spring prices in Romania start at EUR 18,100, which is more than double the base price of the Sandero (EUR 8,800), before a state subsidy of EUR 10,400, which effectively lowers the price to EUR 7,700, as pointed out by balkangreenenergynews.com.
Groupe Renault will also offer a car-sharing version of the and a cargo version of the Dacia Spring.
As part of its “Renaulution” strategic plan to transform it from a volume-based company into a value-based company, Groupe Renault announced a new Mobilize business unit that would deal in mobility services for people and goods. It will be “a unique combination of hardware and software, purpose-designed vehicles and services in open ecosystems,” Groupe Renault said. The first three models of the Mobilize arm, the Duo, Bento, and Hippo, debuted in June 2021.
Mobilize’s business will include (but not be limited to) car-sharing, ride-hailing, last-mile delivery, and on-demand transit with purpose-designed vehicles. These purpose-designed vehicles will include the Dacia Spring, a.k.a. The King, and an electric sedan called “The Queen.”
Dacia says it has 6.5 million customers worldwide built up by the success of the Sandero, Logan, and Duster models. The Spring Electric displays how the company continues to evolve while staying true to Dacia’s original values of making reliable, affordable, simple, and modern cars.
Dacia targets customers new to the brand with the Spring Electric, as per a report from Automotive News Europe. The Spring Electric fits the bill for the eco-conscious people on a tight budget, retirees who want to simplify their lives, and young families in the market for their second car. With 15 million potential A-segment customers in Europe, including two million in France alone, the potential for the Spring Electric “is gigantic,” Xavier Martinet, SVP, Dacia, has said.
The Dacia Spring went up pre-orders on 20 March 2021, which was the first day of spring. In less than a week, there were about 6,000 pre-bookings, AutoExpert reported on 26 March 2021. The data came from Mihai Bordeanu, the Managing Director of Dacia’s South-Eastern Europe, and the company’s Romanian Country Head.
Romania, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy were the first markets where the Dacia Spring was available to pre-order. Romania alone accounted for 4,000 of the pre-ordered units, as per the report. More than half the pre-orders came from the brand’s home market, but the allocation is likely meagre. As a result, there is a possibility that some customers will not get their car until the end of this year. A quick check on Dacia’s Romanian website reveals that pre-orders are temporarily closed, and prospective customers can only sign up for a waiting list.
Dacia started deliveries of the Spring EV in June. However, a majority of the cars have been registered by dealerships to allow the public to test the cars. According to a report on profit.ro dated July 13, 2021, more than 1,700 cars have been registered in about five markets in Europe. Italy saw the largest number of registered Spring EVs with 618 units. France saw 556 registrations, while Europe’s largest EV market, Germany, saw 372 registrations. Finally, Spain and Romania saw 149 and 65 registrations, respectively. According to the report, the 1,760 registrations so far exclude the smaller inventory registered across other markets in Europe.
Dacia Spring reservations grow
In April 2021, there were nearly 10,000 pre-orders for Spring Electric. By the end of May 2021, Dacia was able to deliver only 928 units, though. However, by then, the number of pre-orders swelled to 16,000 units, Luca de Meo, CEO, Renault Group, confirmed at the Renault eWays Electropop on 30 June 2021. He said:
A couple of weeks ago we were already above let’s say 10,000. They’re telling me now that the orders in May are 16,000. So, the thing is going really well, okay. Obviously, the only issue we have is semiconductor, etc. because you have issues everywhere. So, I think that the demand is above our current capability of production but we think we’re going to easily hit our objective with the Dacia Spring because the car is a very unique proposition.Luca de Meo, CEO, Renault Group (Renault eWays Electropop)
de Meo continued that the Dacia Spring is likely to continue enjoying popularity in Europe because of its affordability and monopoly.
It’s simply the most affordable electric car. So, if you want to actually minimize your budget to buy an electric car, you can buy a Dacia Spring. There’s no alternative in the market….independently of the let’s say performance of the product or the range, etc, so I’m pretty confident in terms of how the electric car market will develop on the small car segment.Luca de Meo, CEO, Renault Group (Renault eWays Electropop)
New Dacia logo from 2021
Dacia unveiled a new logo, emblem, and colour scheme on 17 June 2021 and said that it plans to use the new visual identity beginning the same month. Letters ‘D’ and ‘C’ mirrored and connected like chain links form the new Dacia logo. In addition, the iconography has gone green, khaki-green specifically, to reflect the brand’s outdoorsy theme. With the new visual identity, Dacia is market itself as a brand that offers vehicles that focus only on the essentials but at the same time are robust, powerful, and stylish. However, the company hasn’t begun using its new logo on the Spring.
Dacia sells over 200,000 cars in the UK
In just eight years after launch, Dacia has reached the milestone of 200,000 cars sold in the UK, with the 200,000th car being the Sandero Stepway.
Dacia arrived in the UK back in 2013 with the second-gen Sandero and Duster. The line-up has now grown to include the likes of the Logan MCV. Out of the 200,000 sales, according to a press release issued by the company, 89 per cent have been retail customers.
The Sandero Stepway has been the most popular model of the cars in Dacia’s lineup. Out of all the Sanderos sold across the country, 60 per cent was made up of the crossover variant of the Sandero hatchback. The 200,000th Sandero Stepway is an Iron Blue crossover purchased by one, Christopher Simpson, a first time Dacia owner from Milton Keynes.
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