Renault India’s MD open to the idea of a Renault Kiger EV

The upcoming Renault Kiger sub-4 metre SUV could be offered with a pure electric powertrain in India in a few years. Venkatram Mamillapalle, CEO and Managing Director, Renault (India), has said that the company is open to the idea of a Renault Kiger EV or Triber EV. He told ElectricVehicleWeb.in that technically it is possible to introduce a Renault Kiger EV:

There is no intent at this point of time (for Triber or Kiger EV) but why not if it is possible? I’m sure it’s possible, all you need to do is manage the floor of the car. Everything is in the floor of the car or chassis.

Venkatram Mamillapalle, CEO and Managing Director

The Kiger is based on the CMF-A+ platform, which is a modified version of the CMF-A developed for low-cost B-segment models as the CMF-B proved very expensive for emerging market requirements. An electric car based on the CMF-A is available in the global market – the Renault Kwid EV. It is marketed as Renault K-ZE, Venucia e30, Dongfeng Fengshen Aeolus, Dongfeng Fengxing T1, Dongfeng Fengguang E1 and Dacia Spring. So, the Renault Kiger’s platform technically is ready for full electrification.

A Renault Kiger EV, if it becomes an official project, could be launched in India as a budget alternative to the Tata Nexon EV, which is India’s best-selling electric car, and the Mahindra eXUV300 that will go on sale by early 2022. Thanks to a longer and wider body and a higher ground clearance, a Renault Kiger EV could house a battery pack bigger than the Renault Kwid EV (26.8 kWh) and offer drivers a range of over 300 km (Renault Kwid EV range – 271 km*) per charge.

The ICE Renault Kiger was planned to be launched between July and December this year, but it is postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the production version has been already spied on countless occasions, Renault has released pictures of a concept version. Apparently, the upcoming sub-4 metre SUV is quite a looker despite its small size.

India may get a Renault Kiger EV, but the first Renault electric car arriving in India within two years should be the Renault Kwid EV.

*As per NEDC