“A trendy city-dweller who breaks codes, Dacia Spring will change the game as an affordable electric mobility solution for all.”
With this statement published on their official webpage on Oct 15th, the Renault Group unveiled its new addition to the Dacia brand – the Spring Electric, the very first Dacia electric vehicle. According to Renault, this EV model will be revolutionary for Europe as it is said to be the most affordable EV on the market. Here at AMPECO, we have compiled some data for you to help you decide if Dacia Spring Electric is really the game-changer its producers proclaim it to be.
Dacia is well known in Central and Eastern Europe, having operated independently since 1966 in Romania before being sold to Groupe Renault 33 years later. It still is the largest company by revenue in Romania and records show that it accounts to up to 8% of the country’s exports. Now, it seems Dacia wants to increase that number further by offering a cheaper alternative to the current more affordable vehicles in its class, such as the Renault Zoe, Volkswagen ID.3, SEAT Mii Electric and the Nissan LEAF.
How does Dacia plan to beat its competitors?
The answer is easy – by trying to be both more efficient and cheaper.
Let’s review the Dacia Spring Electric’s characteristics first.
Dacia is adapting electric mobility to its philosophy of offering a contemporary car that meets the owners’ essential needs:
- Dacia Spring Electric is a small, spacious, robust electric car offered at an unbeatable price.
- The design shown in the promotion materials depicts the Spring Electric as a stylish and cool looking SUV, with many others attractive extras, such as 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, AC, reversing camera power mirrors etc.
- The new vehicle comes in two variants – regular and cargo, both equipped with a 26.8 kWh (44hp) battery giving it a range of 225 km at top speed (125 km/h) or close to 300 km (using the urban driving ECO option, which limits the battery power to 31 hp, limiting the speed to 100 km/h) and loading capacity of 300 litres for the regular and 800 litres for its Cargo cousin.
Those parameters may not be overly impressive but they are quite sufficient for daily city usage.
When it comes to charging, the Spring Electric offers AC and DC charging as most EVs on the market. Using a regular home socket will replenish the battery in 14 hours, which goes down to just 5 if you use a 7 kW home charger. Using the optional fast-charging cable at a 30 kW DC station restores the battery to 80% in under an hour. Dacia will also be offering a smartphone app which allows the users to monitor remaining range, charging status, real-time car location, and the ability to remotely preheat or pre-cool the car (for models with air-conditioning).
The big hit, however, is the price tag – not only does Dacia aim to be one of the most affordable EVs on the market, it actually looks forward to competing with the conventional ICE cars! How is this possible, when the official price tag is set to about 17,800 EUR? Easily, by utilizing the EU incentives programs for EVs! This means that as of now the car is off-limits to the USA and UK market however within the EU area, varying on each member state grants the car can cost about 11-12 000 EUR for its base model with France being an undisputed champion – the Spring Electric is predicted to cost as little as 5800 EUR thanks to the 12 000 state incentive for EV purchases! For a brand new car (albeit a base model only) those prices seem to be unbeatable indeed. Dacia hopes that those prices will allow more and more users to buy EVs and accelerate the road to zero carbon emissions the EU is striving for.
Available on the EU market in 2021
The Spring Electric will be available for purchases within the EU sometime during the spring of 2021, honouring its name, so we at AMPECO are anxious to be able to see it in action and check if it will be able to fulfil its mission to bring a revolution on the market.