With the transition of IC engines to battery-powered cars in the future, every carmaker has been investing in their version of electric vehicles. Renault has planned to introduce 10 BEVs by the end of 2025 and the brand is keen on getting back the iconic ‘5 Turbo’ as an electric car.
The price of EVs has been a concern and Renault’s new electric car platform promises to slash the price of electric vehicles by a third. This is achieved by the advanced battery technology and the new CMF-BEV platform by Renault underpins the Renault 5 EV and helps to reduce the price by 33% compared to the Zoe hatchback.
What should we know about the Renault 5?
Introduced back in 1972, the Renault 5 changed the standards of the audience perception of compact vehicles. The car was a design revolution in its time, but it did not include years of research and development. It was created by a man who in his spare time worked on drawings of a compact car which was loved by the customers and most importantly affordable by many. The car was of good quality, easy to maintain and cheap enough for an average French family at the time. The car had improvements over time and a lot of versions came out and the car was stopped after 24 years in the market i.e 1996 and sold over a million copies.
Design of the new Renault 5 EV
The Renault 5 will carry on the cues from the original car with modern touches. The new headlights are modelled on the original design and gets the charging port on the front where the radiator grille was placed on the original model. We can see bigger wheels and wide rear arches on the concept and red accents on the car indicate a high-performance model to come out alongside the EV.
Even though we don’t have all the technical details, Renault has confirmed that the 5 EV will come with a new powertrain technology and will feature a Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt based battery instead of a Li-ion battery. The range however is expected to be around 400kms on a single charge.
The 5 EV concept was unveiled during the ‘Renaulution’ strategic plan which was devised by the new boss Luca De Meo. We don’t have the exact price for the Renault 5 EV, but it is expected to come with a price tag of Rs. 24.5 lakh ex-showroom.
Renault has not made any statement of bringing the 5 EV to India. The competition for the Renault 5 EV will be the Hyundai Kona, Tata Nexon and MG ZS EV.