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Renault introduces Renault 5 E-Tech electric, starting at €25,000

Renault is introducing the Renault 5 E-Tech electric. Packed with electrical and digital technology and entirely manufactured in France, it is also competitively priced, starting at around €25,000. To achieve this result on the small, affordable city car segment, the Group drew upon its full range of expertise, and particularly that of Renault, Ampere, the Renault Group entity specializing in electric vehicles and software, and Mobilize.

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For this project, the Group relied on its new multi-specialist organization, set up to keep pace with technological change in this sector through an agile, innovative and efficient approach. For example, Ampere brought Renault an undeniable competitive advantage, with the rapid development of an original platform dedicated to small electric vehicles, along with a strong European industrial ecosystem. As a result, Renault is able to develop a new range of attractive electric vehicles, spearheaded by Renault 5 E-Tech electric.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is the first vehicle to be designed entirely on AmpR Small, the new Ampere platform dedicated to B-segment electric vehicles. This makes it a vehicle with real competitive advantages including a flat floor, long wheelbase (2.54m), optimized interior space and trunk capacity (326 liters), lower center of gravity and reduced weight (less than 1,500 kg).

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The AmpR Small platform has also brought economies of scale in many areas without compromising on the electrical components or technologies that are useful to customers. Through this disruptive approach, implemented for the first time, Renault was able to cut the development time to just three years.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric introduces a new AC bidirectional charger compatible with V2L (vehicle-to-load) and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technologies.

The motor of Renault 5 E-Tech electric is more compact than the motors on Megane E-Tech electric and Scenic E-Tech electric, on which it is based. It remains faithful to Renault’s preferred wound rotor synchronous technology. As it has no permanent magnets, it uses no rare earths, thereby reducing its environmental impact. Building on the experience of its predecessors in terms of durability, the motor will be available with three power ratings: 110, 90 and 70 kW.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a versatile car, at home in the city or on the open road, due to its 11 kW AC charger, its 80 or 100 kW DC charger and its battery up to 52 kWh giving it a range of up to 400 km WLTP. A rarity in the electric city car segment, it can even tow a trailer, with a towing capacity of 500 kg.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric features the latest generation OpenR Link system with Google built-in, along with more than 50 apps and practical services such as integrating electric recharging in the planned journey.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric features driving aids (ADAS) borrowed from further up the market, including intelligent adaptive cruise control that reads the road, and Active Driver Assist, a level 2 automated driving technology. It also includes innovative technologies to make the work of rescue services easier in the event of an accident (Fireman Access, Pyroswitch and QRescue). The new dynamic braking system halves the reaction time for automatic braking. Finally, the Safety Coach supports the driver in reducing the risk of accidents.

Renault Group is committed to producing Renault 5 E-Tech electric—and its battery—in France from summer 2025. Vehicles and batteries will be assembled at the Douai plant, which was one of the production sites for the original Renault 5. The motor (electric machine, reduction gear, power electronics) will be manufactured at Cléon and the modules produced by the Douai Gigafactory (Envision AESC partnership) from summer 2025. By 2030, the carbon footprint of the modules will be 35% smaller than for ZOE.

Comments

Davemart

That is more like it! A car sized for driving and parking in crowded European conditions!

Still a premium price though, and only worth considering because electricity for cars pays little or no tax, as against the 60% tax on petrol.

Bernard

It's not much more expensive than a base gasoline Peugeot 208 in France (€22,000). That 15% difference will be compensated-for by lower running costs and lower depreciation.
Don't forget the convenience factor too; last time I was in France, I noticed that even the smallest village had public charging (presumably 22 kW AC), but you need to drive many kilometres out of your way to find a gas station. That goes double for large French cities, of course. You need to drive far out of the downtown core to fill-up.
I'm not sure what your point is about taxation. Electricity in France (and most European countries) is generated by public utilities, with profits going back into the public purse. Gasoline is imported from oil states, while profits are exported back to foreign lands, leaving health and environmental costs to be paid by taxes. If anything, gasoline is under-taxed relative to its actual cost.

Davemart

@Bernard:

I have no issues with taxing gasoline.

Since public finances are heavily dependent on it, including for instance health care, which again I fully support, there needs to be a recognition that the money has to be made up somehow, and indeed the Chancellory in the UK, I do not know about elsewhere, has been perfectly clear that the exemption can't last as the percentage of electric cars on the road increases.

A good place to start in making up for the lost revenue might be charging something, anything at all, for the massive emissions and pollution from air transport, which is currently zero rated.

I had not previously realised just how bad this is:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/27/london-is-city-most-exposed-to-air-pollution-from-aviation-global-study-finds

' The planes taking off and landing at London’s six airports expose the city’s inhabitants to the equivalent of 3.23m cars’ worth of harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions every year.'

And:

' It found the largest 20 airports, taken together, produced as much carbon emissions as 58 coal-fired power stations.'

Airbus wants to press on expanding production regardless, whilst Boeing seems to have its own peculiar no fly solution.

I would still advocate taxing per mile for electric cars, to get us out and on to far more ecological bicycles etc, perhaps at 30%, whilst tax on petrol to rise still more.

Bernard

Davemart, that's a universal problem. The taxes you pay all end-up in the same wallet, but there's always a tendency to propose special taxes that provide the illusion that your money is going to a specific cause. It isn't, it gets mixed-in with all other tax revenue.
Even when a tax is earmarked for a specific budget, all that means is that funds are re-allocated on a spreadsheet. The bottom line doesn't change, even if you are naive enough to think that "road taxes" go directly to road maintenance.

Davemart

Bernard

A discussion of the ins and outs of how much tax to pay is clearly outside the subject here, save perhaps that like many Europeans I am happy with relatively high taxes to pay for stuff like healthcare.

And since even electric cars clearly impose costs on society relative to alternatives like riding a bike, ruining tax collection because those who want to drive around want to do so tax free even if they are electric would seem to be regressive.

And in Europe at least it would seem to be unlikely to happen, so that driving around will still be expensive and taxed, probably per kilometer, it is just that if you want to use petrol, it will be way, way more.

There is a heck of a lot of cost still to take out of BEVs to make them, ex tax, as cheap as petrol cars.

To take account of GHG and other emissions, petrol cars should continue to be relatively expensive and more highly taxed, but that does not in itself make BEVs cheaper if they are not to get present tax breaks indefinitely,

Bernard

Davemart,

Did you notice how you said that "how much tax to pay" is "clearly outside the subject," and then went on for 4 more paragraphs on this very subject?

As I tried to explain earlier, that kind of decision is best left to the people it affects. Some places prefer to pay taxes once, to a single entity, while others love to have a separate tax for everything, US-style (sheriff tax, city tax, county tax, school tax, bicycle tax, dog tax, etc.). You have some influence with your vote, and through your influence on your friends and neighbours, but there certainly isn't a single solution that everyone all over the world will suddenly agree on. Unless you have one?

Davemart

Bernard

I live in Europe, and there is no way we are going to destroy our system because folk fancy riding around in BEVs without tax.

American choices on tax and spending benefits have historically been very different, so it is that respect that I was commenting that I am not going to debate the respective merits,

Motor transport in Europe has historically been relatively highly taxed in Europe, and low taxed in America.

BEV motorists in Europe who are counting on a permanent tax exemption are going to be very disappointed, those costs are going to rise.

peskanov

Davemart,
I don't really know about other European countries, but in Spain electricity is heavily taxed too.
Depending on the month, I get a report on my electricity bill telling me about 20% to 40% of the price go to taxes. The percentage changes a lot lately.

Davemart

Hi peskanov

It is pretty tough to evaluate European stuff, as it varies so much by country.

I am going by rates in the UK, where EV cars are several hundred pounds a year short of the same level of tax as a petrol car.

Quite right too, in some respects, considering the GHG emissions, but with two caveats:

One is that the revenue shortfall has to be made up somehow, and at least here in the UK the Chancellory has been upfront that the tax exemptions were temporary, as the losses simply cannot be sustained.

The second is perhaps particulate emissions, as tire wear is putting all sorts of crap into the environment, and should be fully costed for the damage it does.

Gryf

Back to the subject of this post.
This Renault 5 E-tech EV is exactly what is needed and not too soon.
BYD is about to flood Europe with a similar priced Dolphin, however with a smaller battery pack(45kWh, though 60 kWh is available).
https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/byd/dolphin-ev/#:~:text=The%20Dolphin%20is%20Chinese%20firm,breadth%20of%20the%20MG4%20hatchback.

The Renault 5 E-tech is reminiscent of the 1985 Renault 5 Turbo Rally car, so that will help sales, too. Also, Renault will partner with VW for this important market segment.
https://electrek.co/2024/02/29/renault-and-vw-may-partner-on-low-cost-bev-minicar/

Too bad it is not coming to the USA,.

Davemart

Gryf:

Completely agree. I used to drive a Renault 5, which although it would lean alarmingly, would never loose adhesion to the road, perhaps aided by its modest power output!

Great fun car, and quite big enough for most use.

The reason why I allow myself considerable latitude from the subject of the articles is that unfortunately the forum here is not as lively as it was, and we have lost loads of valuable posters.

The way I think about things is by bouncing off others, and I enjoy a discussion, to prove out ideas and interact with fellow nerds!

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