Renault has released K-ZE electric crossover production version in China. K-ZE is the abbreviation for the electronic version of Renault Kwid. The electric vehicle will cost around $9,000. The electric Kwid is a look-alike of the upcoming Kwid facelift in India, which will be launched in September 2019.
The French manufacturer in collaboration with Dongfeng has developed the Renault KZ-E. Its sale in the global market will start soon. It is manufactured by eGT New Energy Automotive Co, a Joint Venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan.
The range of the vehicle is 250 km from its 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The range is tested according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The real-world range is expected to be 190 km. The highest speed of the RenaultCity K-ZE is rated at 105 km/h. Apart from the range, it is furnished with a 33 kW electric motor that limits the top speed at 105 km/h (65 mph).
Alternate Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) charging is supported by the lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle can be charged fully within 4 hours from a 6.6 kWh power source. The batteries could be charged up to 30 to 80 percent in half an hour using DC charging.
The new vehicle production has started in China and its retail price starts at ~$9,000 USD. The Renault City K-ZE will have three variants. The base variant is priced 61,800 yuan, which is roughly equal to Rs 6.22 lakh while the top variant is priced 71,800 yuan.
Renault has not incorporated many features in the City K-ZE. It has a manual air conditioning. It has a PM 2.5 air quality sensor and also a tire pressure monitoring system. A touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-inch display and 4G WIFI connectivity to support online music and remote vehicle telemetry accessible through smartphone is also integrated with the vehicle.