According to several reputable automotive sites, an all-electric Renault Twingo will be released later this year on the European market. Also, this model will probably use the same engine as the Smart EQ Forfour. The company announced that the public premiere will take place at Geneva Motor Show in March. The release of the all-electric Twingo hatchback will definitely challenge the EVs like the Volkswagen e-Up! and similar zero-emission A-segment vehicles on the market.
All in all, if the reports are true, we could see all-electric hatchback in the first few months of 2021. Regarding the release date we will take a quote from Renaut’s product planning chief, Mr. Ali Kassai: “We originally planned to launch an electric Twingo at the beginning and then we saw that there were no [charging] stations, so we slowed down. And then we had Zoe and we had ambitious plans for that.”
All-Electric Renault Twingo Will Share The Same Platform With Smart EQ Forfour
The upcoming all-electric Renault Twingo will be built on the same platform as the Smart EQ Forfour. That seems logical since the EQ uses 17.6 kWh battery pack and 80 hp rear-mounted electric motor. That setup will be very suitable for the Twingo as well. The all-electric hatchback will probably go from 0 -60 mph (100 km/h) for about 12 seconds with this configuration. The maximum speed will be 81 mph (130 km/h).
Furthermore, the Twingo will provide a driving range of approximately 90 miles (145 km). That’s not a very impressive range in a modern-day EVs world, you’ll agree. But, the Twingo will deliver the 22 kW charging architecture. As a result, charging from 10 to 80% under 40 minutes. Now, that’s pretty impressive. The customers should know that the smartphone app will allow checking on the Twingo remotely. Also, the app will allow reclaiming valuable information, such as state of charge, etc.
Is Renault Planning More Electric Vehicles?
Back in 2013, the French multinational automobile manufacturer revealed a potential electric Twingo as a Twin’Z concept. Back then, the concept has a single rear-mounted electric motor. That motor was good for 67 hp, put together with a small lithium battery pack below the floor.
However, the small hatchback is not the only electric vehicle that will be developed by Renault. The company is planning to produce larger models. So, Renault obviously wants to compete with the Volkswagen ID.3 and Tesla Model S. The automaker planning to produce a total of eight zero-emission vehicles by 2020.