The electric version of the Renault Kwid is almost ready, and this information comes straight from the CEO of Renault-Nissan, Mr. Carlos Ghosn. It will be first launched in China, as a low cost electric car. In due course of time, India is also expected to get this car as electric vehicles will become a huge phenomenon in the country whose government wants all vehicles to go electric by 2030. This is a target that’s more ambitious than that of China, which wants to electrify all its vehicles by 2045. Mr. Ghosn has also hinted that the Kwid will be launched in India.
Here is what Mr. Ghosn said about the Kwid Electric,
In China, we can’t sell the Leaf. Too expensive and too sophisticated. We can’t sell the Renault Fluence. Too expensive. What sells in China? Low-cost electric cars. So we are putting engineers from the alliance to develop a low-cost Renault Kwid EV for China. I just test drove the car in China. It will be a very well engineered car at a very low cost. And once it works in China, there’s no reason you’re not going to export the car to India, to Brazil, to the Middle East.
However, there is no time-frame that has been indicated for the Kwid EV’s launch in India. We expect it to be here by 2022, by which there will be many other electric cars on Indian roads. Also, electric vehicle charging infrastructure is also expected to be developed decently by then.
Details about the Kwid EV’s battery range and performance have not yet been revealed. The car is expected to go at least about 200 kilometers per charge as this is something essential for most big cities of the world. Renault-Nissan already have the know-how to make this possible, and this has been seen in cars like the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe Electrics.