During the second half of 2014, Renault S.A. will introduce an electric version of its Twingo minicar – the Twingo Z.E., which will be the company's fifth battery-powered model. The head of Renault’s Italy division, Jacques Bousquet, said Renault’s alliance with Daimler AG had helped speed up the Twingo Z.E. launch.
In 2010, an industrial partnership entered by Renault and Daimler includes the sharing of a new platform for a new four-seat car for Daimler’s Smart division and the Twingo. Bosquet also said in Rome that Renault will expand its EV range beyond the battery-powered Kangoo due to launch later in 2011.
Bosquet said the Kangoo Z.E. is the first of a wide range of battery-powered light commercial vehicles Renault is currently developing. He also gave a rundown for the carmaker's current plan for EV launches and pricing.
The Kangoo EV van will launch mid-year and is priced at EUR20,000 excluding sales tax plus EUR72 a month for the battery pack.
The Fluence compact sedan also goes on sale mid year at EUR26,000 including sales tax and a 36-month lease for the battery pack and its related warranty will add EUR79 monthly to the cost.
Renault will also launch the two-seat Twizy quadricycle in France in December 2011 and in Italy in January 2012 at EUR6,990 including tax, plus EUR45 monthly for battery leasing.
Bosquet said that with EUR5,000 of incentives in countries like France, the Kangoo Z.E. retails from EUR15,000, the same price as its diesel version.