The Dacia Spring, Europe’s cheapest electric car, went up for pre-orders on the 20th of last month, which was the first day of spring. In less than a week, about 6,000 units were pre-booked, AutoExpert reported on 26 March. The data came from Mihai Bordeanu, who is the Managing Director of Dacia’s South Eastern Europe and also the company’s Romanian Country Head.
Romania, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy are the first markets where the Dacia Spring can be reserved. Romania alone accounts for 4,000 of the pre-ordered units, as per the report.
More than half the pre-orders come from the brand’s home market, but allocation is likely very low. There is a possibility that some customers will not get their car until the end of this year. A quick check on Dacia’s Romanian website reveals that pre-orders are temporarily closed and prospective customers can only sign up for a waiting list.
The Dacia Spring Electric is a Renault Kwid EV-based electric car for Europe that debuted at the Renault eWays event (in October 2020). Here’s everything there is to know about the car:
Design & Features
On the design front, the Dacia Spring Electric looks very similar to its donor, the Renault Kwid. Exterior highlights include split headlamps, LED DRLs, unique upper grille with 3D elements, 14-inch steel wheels disguised to look like alloy wheels, roof bars and tail lamps with Y-shaped lighting signature.
Inside, the Spring Electric’s sole substantial difference from the Chinese Renault Kwid EV (Renault City K-ZE) is the signature Dacia four-spoke steering wheel. A 3.5-inch MID and 7-inch Media Nav touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition will be available in the low-cost electric car.
The Dacia Spring Electric is the safest member in the Kwid family with automatic headlights, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), six airbags, emergency call (SOS button) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) coming standard.
Range & Charging
The Dacia Spring Electric measures 3,734 mm in length, 1,622 mm in width and 1,516 mm in height. It has a 2,423 mm wheelbase and a 150 mm ground clearance. A 26.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack is standard, and so is a motor generating 33 kW (44 PS) and 125 Nm.
Source – Mécanique Sportive
The Dacia Spring Electric has a top speed of 125 km/h, and it can be charged with up to 6.6 kW using an AC charger and up to 30 kW using a DC charger. Below are the Dacia Spring Electric charging times:
As for the Dacia Spring Electric range, a full charge lets the driver go up to 230 km (WLTP). However, the city-only WLTP range of the Dacia Spring Electric is 305 km. Groupe Renault says that the average daily driving distance for an A-segment car/city car in Europe is 31 km. So, most Dacia Spring Electric owners may need to fully charge their car only once a week.
|Charger||Charging Level||Charging Time|
|2.3 kW AC charger (household socket)||100%||Less than 14 hours|
|3.7 kW AC charger (wallbox)||100%||Less than 8 hours 30 minutes|
|7.4 kW AC charger (wallbox)||100%||Less than 5 hours|
|30 kW DC charger (fast-charging station)||80%||Less than 1 hour|
Production & Price
The Dacia Spring will be manufactured alongside the K-ZE by eGT (a joint venture company of the Dongfeng Motor Group and the Renault-Nissan Alliance) in Shiyan, China. Production capacity of the Chinese plant could increase from 100,000 units/year to 130,000 units/year with the additional European market allocation. The Dacia Spring prices in Romania start at EUR 18,100, which is more than double the base price of the Renault Sandero (EUR 8,800), before a state subsidy of EUR 10,400 which effectively lowers the price to EUR 7,700, as pointed out by balkangreenenergynews.com.
Groupe Renault will also offer a car-sharing version of the and a cargo version of the Dacia Spring.
In January, as part of its “Renaulution” strategic plan to transform it from a volume-based company into a value-based company, Groupe Renault announced a new Mobilize business unit that would deal in mobility services for people and goods. It will be “a unique combination of hardware and software, purpose-designed vehicles and services in open ecosystems,” Groupe Renault said.
Mobilize’s business will include (but not be limited to) car-sharing, ride-hailing, last-mile delivery, and on-demand transit with purpose-designed vehicles. These purpose-designed vehicles will include the Dacia Spring a.k.a. The King, but also an electric sedan, which it refers to as “The Queen”.
Dacia says it has 6.5 million customers worldwide built up by the success of the Sandero, Logan and Duster models. The Spring Electric is a display of how the company continues to evolve with the times while staying true to Dacia’s original values of making reliable, affordable simple and modern cars.