Price, autonomy… first bad news for the electric Renault R5


At the very beginning of 2021, Renault presented its “Renaulution” project, with new electric ambitions, the objective obviously being to revolutionize the automotive market. ” We will move from a technology-using automotive company to a technology-using car company with at least 20% of revenue coming from data services and energy trading by 2030 explained Luca de Meo. An announcement then punctuated by the presentation of a certain electric Renault 5.

Bad news about the future electric Renault 5

As part of the IAA Mobility show in Munich last September, Renault made a point of presenting a “true” version of this new R5. The opportunity for many curious people to get very close to this compact city car full of charm, destined to propel one of Renault’s timeless models into the future, with of course a modern all-electric touch.

A Renault 5 which cheerfully takes up the main lines of the original model launched 50 years ago, and which then announced that it had a 52 kWh battery, with an output of around 136 hp, for a range of 400 kilometers. To this was added the promise of a contained selling price, close to 25,000 euros.

A great feat in sight therefore for Renault, when we know that the Renault Zoe is displayed from 35,000 euros, with the same battery. However, according to recent information, it seems that the entry-level version of this future Renault 5 has a lower technical sheet, which could make some teeth cringe.

Indeed, failing to be able to integrate a new generation LFP (lithium-iron phosphate) battery on board its R5, Renault will have to choose a conventional lithium-ion battery. Also, the 25,000 euro version would not have the same capabilities as the version presented in Munich.

If Renault actually manages to keep the advertised price, the small Renault 5 will then have to carry a smaller battery, and also cut back on the autonomy (400 km) promised. We also imagine that many equipment and other personalization elements will be offered as options, which will quickly increase the bill.

As for its Megane E-Tech, remember that Renault offers two versions to choose from, namely a “entry level” equipped with a 130 hp EV40 electric unit, but also a 220 hp EV60 version, with a 40 kWh battery for the first, and 60 kWh for the second. Enough to vary the range from 300 to 450 km approximately.

The diamond manufacturer could adopt the same strategy with its future R5, except that the EV40 version would not be offered as an entry level. For comparison, the small Twingo E-Tech is available from 25,250 euros, with a 22 kWh battery.

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