India-bound Renault Kwid Electric getting new versions in China

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 theĀ Renault K-ZEĀ 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 later this year as well, 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 provides a range of 271 km (NEDC range). Charging this battery pack 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.

The price of the Dongfeng EX1 special edition is to be ascertained. The standard variant is priced from CNY 66,800, which converts to Rs. 7.13 lakh. Both Dongfeng EX1 and Renault K-ZE are China-only electric cars, but India is expected to receive a Renault version in the coming years.