Last week, the Renault Kwid EV’s patent images had leaked to the web in China. Using details from the lodging, IAB’s automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania has created a rendering of the future model.
Pure electric variants of the conventional cars enjoy a cleaner design and unique colour accents to reflect their eco-friendly powertrain, and the Renault Kwid EV reflects that. At the front, it has a sleek surface in place of the upper grille and lower grille, a toned down bumper design and side air vents. Instead of halogen lights, the pure electric variant has LEDs. In addition to higher efficiency, the LED headlights give a more futuristic styling to the car.
On the sides, the Renault Kwid EV is differentiated from the regular car with unique alloy wheels, blue ORVM caps and blue surrounds. At the rear, expect LED tail lights in place of halogen tail lights, distinctive bumper design and faux air outlets. The interior will look mostly the same, save for a different instrument cluster and a dedicated centre console.
The Renault Kwid EV’s specifications are unknown. The concept it is based on, the Renault K-ZE, has a driving range (NEDC) of 250 km. eGT New Energy Automotive, a newly formed joint venture company by Renault and Nissan in China, is developing the zero-emission car. Production will take place at the Dongfeng plant of Shiyan (Hubei Province) in central China, where the annual capacity is 1,20,000 units. It is expected to start this year.
The Renault Kwid EV hasn’t received the green signal for India. EVs, in general, are not an immediate priority for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in our market. In China, the entry-level EV may debut in the second half of this year.