India-bound Renault Kwid Electric gets added range in China

New reports suggest that the Dongfeng EX1 seen in the images in July is not a special edition but an updated model with added range. Details, new pictures and prices of the Dongfeng EX1 have surfaced on the Chinese web.

The Dongfeng EX1 has received updates in the form of a new tail lamp and revised equipment. Also new on the refreshed Dongfeng EX1 is contrasting colour finishing on the door handles and around the body side moulding. The cabin, motor (33 kW/125 Nm) and battery pack (26.8 kWh) are the same, and yet, the range (NEDC) has increased from 271 km to 301 km.

The Dongfeng EX1’s prices now start at CNY 45,700 (INR 5.14 lakh) and go up to CNY 59,700 (INR 6.71 lakh). Additionally the EX1 comes with a 3-year/60,000 km vehicle warranty an 8-year/1,20,000 km powertrain warranty.

July 23, 2020 –

The Renault Kwid-based EV will induct a special edition in the coming weeks, going by images on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. Of the two versions, namely the Renault K-ZE and the Dongfeng EX1, the latter is the one set to receive this update. Dongfeng Motor Group manufactures both electric cars, in Shiyan, Hubei Province, and will begin exporting it to Europe in 2021 as the Dacia Spring.

The Dongfeng EX1 special edition includes minor cosmetic changes for a funkier look. The special edition is likely aimed at boosting the sales of the low-end configurations of the car.

Dongfeng EX1 special edition side EVW

The Dongfeng EX1 special edition features yellow door handles and ORVM caps, yellow highlights on the front bumper and the roof rails and a yellow stripe surrounding the side body cladding. Specifications are the same as those of the standard car.

The Dongfeng EX1 special edition, like the standard model, measures 3,732 mm in length, 1,579 mm in width and 1,515 mm in height. It has a 2,423 mm wheelbase. As for the electric drive system, a single motor in the car generates 33 kW (44.87 PS) and 125 Nm of torque. The 0-50 km/h acceleration time and top speed are 6 seconds and 105 km/h respectively.

A 26.8 kWh battery pack powers the electric motor and charging it from 0-100% using a normal AC charger takes up to 4 hours. Dongfeng says that charging from 30-80% SOC using a DC charger takes only 30 minutes.

Both Dongfeng EX1 and Renault K-ZE are China-only electric cars, but India is expected to receive a Renault electric version in 2022.