Renault K-ZE Kwid Electric Showcased At Auto Expo 2020

Renault K-ZE Kwid Electric Showcased At Auto Expo 2020

Renault has showcased its K-ZE EV (Kwid Electric) at the Auto Expo 2020. The K-ZE/Kwid electric costs between Rs. 6.4 lakh and 7.4 lakh in China. For the Indian market, we can expect it to cost about Rs. 7.0 - 8.0 lakh if it goes on sale. The regular petrol-powered K-ZE/Kwid is priced between Rs. 2.92 lakh and Rs. 5.01 lakh.

 

The K-ZE/Kwid Electric comes with a 26.8kWh battery pack, which can give it a 350km of range if driven at 60kmph. The European test cycle suggests that it’s good for 250km, which should still suffice for most city driving. Running costs (including maintenance) for the electric Kwid/K-ZE should hover around one rupee per kilometre.

Renault K-ZE

The electric motor churns out a substantial 125Nm of torque from lowly RPMs. That figure is considerably more than the 72Nm and 91Nm torque figures of the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre Kwids, respectively. Plus, the electric motor can offer its torque instantly rather than waiting to build up revs. So, it’ll feel way quicker off-the-line than the petrol-powered Renault Kwid/K-ZE.

Renault K-ZE

Here are the engine specs of China-spec Renault Kwid/K-ZE Electric:

2020 Renault Kwid/K-ZE Electric Engine Specs

Fuel Type

Electric

Battery Capacity

26.8kWh

Power

45PS

Torque

125Nm

Automatic Transmission

Single-speed

Claimed Range

250km (Euro-spec) / 350km @ constant 60km/h

Here are the dimensions of China-spec Renault K-ZE / Kwid Electric:

2020 Renault K-ZE / Kwid Electric Dimensions

Length

3735mm

Width

1579mm

Height

1515mm

Wheelbase

2423mm

Ground Clearance

151mm

Boot Space

300 litres

The Chine-spec Renault K-ZE / Kwid Electric’s top variant comes with the following features:

  • 2 airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Rear armrest
  • LED DRLs
  • Double-barrel headlights
  • Electrically-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Digital instrument console
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Internet-connected telematics features
  • Cabin air quality sensors
  • Reversing camera and sensors

It’s available in 5 namely, blue, white, red, grey and bronze.

When the K-ZE / Kwid Electric goes on sale in India, it’ll have no real competitors as the Mahindra e2o Plus is discontinued. However, it may compete with the Maruti Suzuki’s long-rumoured electric Nexa WagonR / XL5.

Renault K-ZE

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Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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