Renault Kwid EV is officially confirmed by a French multinational for India in 2025. It might cost less than Rs 10 lakh and compete with cars such as the Tata Tiago EV, Citroen eC3, and MG Comet.
“The EV for India is built around the CMF-A platform, and you may see it in 2024 or 2025,” stated Renault India MD Venkatram Mamillapalle. We are working hard to get it out as soon as possible, but the precise date has not yet been determined. Renault’s first EV for India is expected to have a localization level of 55-60% to begin with. However, the firm is particularly keen on obtaining batteries and cells locally in order to reduce costs and secure future penetration of Renault’s EVs.”
The Kwid EV is now available in Europe with a 26.8 kWh battery pack and a range of 295 km (WLTP cycle). The electric motor that powers the Kwid EV produces 43 BHP and 125 Nm.
Although the India-spec Kwid EV will be built on the same chassis, the battery and motor specs will differ from the European variant.
Renault Kwid EV India
The Kwid EV offered in other markets receives considerable adjustments to convert the internal combustion-engined (ICE) car: the back gasoline tank is removed; a flat floor is installed, and the floor is ready to accommodate a flat, hefty battery after minor strengthening. In addition, the suspension is modified to accommodate the increased load.
Renault’s tiny EV will compete against Tata Motors’ Tiago EV, Citroen’s eC3, and MG’s compact EV, the Comet; a varied group if ever there was one. The electric car is based on the Dacia Spring, which is based on the Indian-made Renault Kwid.