Last month we got word from Renault India’s MD that the company was looking at an electric vehicle for the Indian market. We had speculated that it would launch next year and it would be the Renault City K-ZE, the electric version of the Kwid, that is serving in China.
However, Autocar India has cracked the story, claiming that it would be the Zoe that would launch. The company is planning to showcase it at the 2020 Auto Expo to observe what the media and the public make of it. The company has already sold the Zoe to Bengaluru-based electric cab aggregator Lithium Urban Technologies, which ran trials in India.
Autocar India claims that the model is currently under testing and engineers have made many modifications to suit the vehicle to Indian conditions. It is a standard procedure for manufacturers to enhance the AC compressor displacement and increase the ground clearance of imported models, but additionally, Renault is adding extra protection to the underside of the battery to keep unregulated speed bumps from damaging it. The company is also testing the range of the vehicle.
The first cars are expected to be launched next year as a CKD kit (assembled at the Renault-Nissan plant near Chennai) powered by a 90 hp motor and a 41 kWh battery pack, which indicates the previous-generation Zoe’s specifications. This combination, combined with the car’s small size, will give it a range of 300-350 km in the real world conditions, Autocar India reports.
There won’t be many takers for the Zoe initially as it is thought to be priced at INR 14-16 lakh, but it is a data logger for Renault which intends to produce electric vehicles for India in the future.
[Source – AutocarIndia.com]