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    Renault Kwid electric vehicle to come to India

    by Mahesh Yadav on Sunday, Dec 10 2017

    The Renault Kwid entry-level hatchback model has been a massive success in the Indian car market. Renault is preparing many models based on the Kwid small hatch and its electric version is also getting ready to launch in the Chinese car market. Now, as per the Renault CEO, the new Renault Kwid all-electric model could also launch in the Indian car market. However, this depends on the model’s market response in China, the world’s largest auto market.

    The Renault Kwid entry-level hatchback model has been a massive success in the Indian car market. Renault is preparing many models based on the Kwid small hatch and its electric version is also getting ready to launch in the Chinese car market. Now, as per the Renault CEO, the new Renault Kwid all-electric model could also launch in the Indian car market. However, this depends on the model’s market response in China, the world’s largest auto market.

     

    The Chief Executive Officer at Renault, Carlos Ghosn has recently revealed in an interaction with the media that the Kwid EV might be making its way to India. He said that once the Kwid electric clicks in the car market of China, there is no reason for the company to not introduce the model in India, Brazil and Middle East.

    Ghosn also said that he has driven a prototype of the new Kwid all-electric hatchback and he claims that the car is a very well engineered and low-cost model to suit the mentioned markets. This also indicates that the Kwid EV is in its advanced stages of development and would be hitting the production line sometime in 2018, while its market launch in China is likely to happen in early or mid-2019.

     

    While speaking further on the development, Ghosn also said that the new electric version of the Kwid might not be manufactured in India, and could get imported from China instead, at least initially. This is because the eco system favorable for the electric vehicle production and sales are still lacking in India.

     

    In the present car market of India, the highly popular Renault Kwid is one of the five entry-level hatchback models that are offered for sale from the various manufacturers. The Kwid has proved to be a game changer for the French automaker and is currently the bestselling model from the house of Renault in India. The Kwid contributes over half the company’s total sales in India. The Renault Kwid mini hatch with is revolutionary SUV stance won over the Indian with its aggressive looks, spacious interiors and great features that were never expected in this segment before. It is also carried a very affordable starting price tag of Rs 2.61 lakhs. The Kwid is currently the second highest selling entry level hatchback model in India after the all-time bestselling Maruti Suzuki Alto range.

     

    D’Coming back to the electric version of the Kwid, it is but natural that Renault chose China as its first launch market in the world. China is not only the world’s largest car market, but is also the biggest EV market, owing to the aggressive push by its government that followed the grave pollution issues in most big cities in China. Thus, China is the go to destination for all the auto majors with their EV models.

    A contrasting situation can be found in India. Metro cities of India too face monstrous pollution issues, but the Indian government is still not providing the required subsidies to the automakers to bring in their EVs in the country. Indian auto giant Mahindra & Mahindra is the only company to offer electric models in India, while fellow homegrown auto major, Tata Motors is also set to enter the EV segment. Renault’s Japanese partner, Nissan is also expected to bring its electrified models in India in future.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    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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