ETAuto has reported that among the projects Renault India has lined up is the XBA EV (XBA is the codename of the Renault Kwid) scheduled to appear after the sub-4m SUV.
When EVW caught up with Venkatram Mamillapalle, CEO & MD of Renault India at the Auto Expo 2020, he categorically said that the company is looking at made-in-India, for-India electric vehicle and is not going down the route of ‘me too’ products with CKD or CBU launches. He confirmed that the company is considering building its first electric car on the CMF-A platform, but did not provide details.
The Kwid was unveiled in May 2015 and enjoys a proactive lifecycle management and the basic design and interior would be 6 years old by the time the EV variant launches in 2021. While it is not a given, it makes sense to push the EV program into the framework of the second generation Renault Kwid that should improve in every way compared to today’s version to narrow the gap to the Maruti S-Presso that has better interior room and driveability. An improved wheelbase and a bigger boot makes the Kwid EV attractive to the shared mobility segment as well.
Renault K-ZE (Kwid Electric)
Renault unveiled the electric version of the Renault Kwid at its ‘Electric Corner’ of the Auto Expo 2020. The Kwid is the second smallest electric car in the global Renault portfolio after the Twizy and below is a quick walkaround of the Renault electric car.
A lot of development work for the Renault Kwid electric (sold as the Renault K-ZE in China) came from the company’s technical centre in India, under the watch of the late Gerard Detourbet who is the father of the CMF-A platform (the architecture of the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-Go). The Kwid electric is reserved for Chinese customers due to the demand for entry cars and the local government that has offered hefty subsidies.
Made by the eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd., a partnership between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and the local brand Dongfeng, the K-ZE retains the core strengths of the Kwid which include the 150 mm ground clearance, the 2,423 mm wheelbase and 300 litre boot space. The thermal engine and gearbox have been swapped out for a 26.8 kWh Li-Ion battery and a 33 kW electric motor that gives it a range of 271 km (NEDC rated). The top speed is limited to 105 km/h.
The electrified Kwid in fast charge, consumes just 50 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%, and in slow charge, it consumes 4 hours to charge to 100%.
The K-ZE is does not skimp on features offering an 8-inch multi-functional colour LCD touch screen, and features such as Tyre Pressure Monitoring, reverse camera and a full digital instrument cluster. It was launched in China in three variants last year with prices starting at RMB 61,800 (INR 6.32 lakh).
[Source – ETAuto.com]