As already reported, French car maker Renault has displayed two electric vehicles at the ongoing Auto Expo 2018 showcasing its electric car technological proficiency. Renault has also said that it can’t take any business decisions until the Indian government offers a clear roadmap and policies for the electric vehicle (EV) segment. It is also already known that the French automaker is getting all prepared to launch an affordable electric vehicle model in India, and is simply waiting for the Indian government to offer some clarity regarding the EV policies in the nation. This new affordable EV is the all-electric version of the Renault Kwid, which is a highly popular model in India.
Renault is busy working on an electric version of its Kwid entry-level hatchback model, which will be first launched in China, the world’s largest car market. According to the sources, the Renault Kwid electric will be officially launched in the market quite soon. The Renault Kwid is the most successful and currently the bestselling product from the French car maker in the Indian market. The Kwid brought about a kind of revolution in the Indian entry-level hatchback segment, which changed the very perspective of the entry-level hatch buyers in India in terms of styling and features. The Kwid is also the only model which posed as serious rival to Maruti Suzuki Alto, India’s favourite hatchback.
Thus, the Renault Kwid’s electric version is a very feasible option for India, as the brand is already highly established and preferred in the Indian market. If and when Renault launches the e-Kwid in India, it is expected to be priced at around Rs. 6 lakhs. Renault India’s team that developed the Kwid visited China to help their counterparts in that country to develop the electric version of the SUV-ish hatchback.
As per the sources, the CMF-A platform was developed in India, while the team in China is bringing their battery and battery-management system proficiency. The all-electric Renault Kwid is expected to launch in China in the coming 12-18 months. Thus, in due course of time it will also come to India.
Earlier, the Renault chairman Carlos Ghosn had also said that once the electric version of the Kwid officially launches in the Chinese market, there is no reason why it can’t be expected to be launched in markets including India, Brazil and the Middle East.
Renault had also revealed its plans to launch an EV in India, while announcing its 2022 global roadmap. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has a massive plan to launch 12 electric vehicle models in the global markets by 2022.
For the time being, it seems that Renault and other global car makers in India are simply waiting for a clear roadmap and proper EV subsidies to come into place, so that they can plan to launch their attractive new electric cars in the country. When the Indian government offers the clarity regarding its plans for the EV, the country will certainly move towards electrification, and we will get the Renault e-Kwid.