Renault to go fully electric in Europe by 2030
Renault aims to become an all-electric car brand in Europe by 2030. This applies not only to the Renault brand, but to Groupe Renault – including brands such as Alpine and Dacia. For its budget brand, however, Renault is leaving a back door open.
Renault & Dacia fail crash tests
Euro NCAP, the crash test organisation, has slammed the two latest electric cars from Renault and Dacia in its latest tests. Renault’s Zoe is not awarded a single star and Dacia’s Spring only receives one star out of a possible five.
Zity introduces 250 Dacia Spring to Paris fleet
The electric car-sharing service Zity is beginning to integrate a total of 250 Dacia Spring electric cars into its fleets. Zity is jointly operated by Renault and Ferrovial, operating in Madrid and Paris. In Paris, Zity will launch the first 150 examples of the Dacia this month, with another 100 to follow in September.
Renault plans to gear up EV sales to 65% by 2025
Renault CEO Luca de Meo set new targets for the electrification of the brand in Europe at the annual general meeting. In 2025, the share of electrified passenger cars should be 65 per cent. By 2030, the goal is a share of at least 90 per.
Dacia Spring available to order this March
Dacia will open the first pre-orders for its Spring electric model on 20 March. Now the Renault subsidiary brand has given more details on the production model as well as first prices. The private customer model is to start in France at list prices from 16,990 euros.
Dacia Spring appears indeed affordable at >€18,000
When Group Renault presented their latest plans for two new all-electric models, both set to capture large segments of volume markets, and the company would not state the actual price. We found indications today though, at least for the upcoming Dacia Spring.
Renault allows a peek at the Dacia Spring
Renault released a preview of the first electric model of the Dacia brand with the show car Dacia Spring. As expected, this is a modification of the Renault City K-ZE that is being offered in China at competitive prices.
Dacia to launch its city car electric debut within two years
Renault has now officially confirmed that the first electric model from its Romanian subsidiary Dacia will come out within the next two years. There are many indications that this will be the modified version of the Renault City K-ZE electric compact car offered in China for the European market.
Renault City KZ-E to come to Europe as Dacia
According to German media, the planned modified version of the Renault City K-ZE small electric car offered in China is now headed for Europe. Here, the electric vehicle is to run under the Dacia brand in 2021 with a new name.
Tesla, Ulrich Kranz, Hyundai, Dacia, Blue Bird, Volvo.
Tesla service push: 100 new service centres, 350 extra vans, and 1,400 additional technicians are going to triple Tesla’s service network ahead of the Model 3 launch. The service centres’ locations will be based on reservation concentration in certain markets and shops shall operate up to 40 lanes to speed up maintenance. The EV maker was quick to state though that most issues can be solved through over-the-air updates and remote diagnostics, followed up by a mobile technician on home service duty.
BMW i3 maker to join FF: Ulrich Kranz, former chief of BMWi and maker of the Bavarians’ first electric car is to become head of technology at Faraday Future, Manager Magazin has learnt. He thus takes over development and design of the company’s EVs and will meet an old colleague in Stefan Krause, long-time financial director at BMW and Faraday’s CFO since March. As the start-up is backed by financially stricken LeEco, it just announced to discontinue construction of its 1bn dollar facility in Nevada, so there is a lot to think about for the experienced strategists.
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Hyundai speeds up its FCV and wants to reveal its serial H2 model this August, six month earlier than planned. The fuel cell car is based on the FE Fuel Cell Concept presented in Geneva and shall be able to reach a range of 580km with Hyundai’s own H2 tech. On-sale is scheduled for early 2018.
Dacia to electrify: Renault’s Romanian subsidiary intends to build cars with alternative drive in the near future, including an EV. That is at least what a Renault manager from Romania hinted at but not without pointing out that affordability will remain a decisive factor for Dacia’s reputation throughout.
Blue Bird brought a bright bus to the STN Tradeshow. The Micro Bird G5 Electric school bus is based on a Ford E450 and got a 100 mile range. The second model is a proper American school bus with battery capacities of 100-150 kWh for 100 miles and V2G technology. Production is set by 2018.
Volvo to spice up its XC60 plug-in: The carmaker’s top version T8 will be available as more powerful Polestar model later this summer at a 1,200 euros more than the current T8. The performance update includes additional 14hp and 40Nm of torque, but has no influence on the 45 km electric range.