“The stricter CO2 limits that will come in 2020 are a challenge for us,” Group Sales Manager Olivier Murguet told Automobilwoche. The Dacia fleet, with its low-cost combustion engines, is currently emitting too much CO2, and investments in new and costly technologies are challenging to stem in the low-price segment. Dacia wants to reduce CO2 emissions with more efficient combustion engines and more gas-powered cars – and as a third option “in the long run, electrification,” Murguet said. The City KZ-E from the parent company Renault is the first step.
In October, Renault’s electric car boss Gilles Normand announced that there would be a version of the City KZ-E adapted for Europe – this involves changes in the safety equipment and the shift from the Chinese GB/T charging standard to the CCS plug widely used here. Sales manager Murguet said: “And I don’t think the name will stay that way in Europe”.
In China, the model is sold for 61,800 yuan, the equivalent of no more than 7,900 euros. It has a motor power of 33 kW, a torque of 125 Nm and a 26.8 kWh rechargeable battery that can be quickly charged above the Chinese GB/T standard for a range of 271 kilometres – but in the unrealistic NEDC cycle. The energy consumption is estimated at 10.8 kWh per 100 km, the top speed at 105 km/h. The battery can be recharged at high speed. The equipment also includes an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.
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