Romanian automaker Dacia’s new electric car is cheap, very cheap. So cheap it’ll wipe the smug smile off Dave’s face as he tries to convince you that EVs are “too expensive” – he’ll probably spill his ill-chosen pint of lager, too.
Earlier this week, the low-budget brand began taking orders for its new Spring EV in Germany.
Thanks to the very generous subsidies for plug-in cars in the European nation, buyers could purchase the entry-level model for just $ 12,995 (€ 10,920). Without the grant, it would cost $ 24,384 (€ 20,490).
Even though this is the base model, it still comes with air conditioning and a Bluetooth enabled radio.
The more expensive Comfort Plus model has a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, parking sensors, rear view camera, metallic paint, and optional quick charger.
Despite all the extra kit, the Comfort Plus is still more affordable than a thoroughbred racehorse. This will cost you $ 14,542 (€ 12,220) with the grant of $ 11,389 (€ 9,570).
And it’s not a tiny two-seater, it’s a real full-size car with room for adult humans and luggage.
There is one thing you should know, however. While the Dacia Spring offers the option of electric drive to more people, these people are not going anywhere quickly.
The Spring has a 44 hp engine, powered by a 27.4 kWh battery. Compared to what we’re used to, both of those numbers seem pretty low.
Indeed, spring is extremely slow. It will take almost 20 seconds to hit 60 mph, and it will hit 78 mph.
On the flip side, Dacia says the Spring is good for 190 miles, which should be more than enough for most people.
But we shouldn’t be so critical when it’s damn cheap. Of course, part of this is due to generous subsidies from Germany, but even without it, it is one of the more affordable electric vehicles on the market.
In France, it is the cheapest electric vehicle in the country and will cost less than $ 20,100 (€ 16,800).
It’s easy to get carried away by Teslas’ high power allure, but this humble, simple, and affordable electric vehicle is what we need if we are to bring electric powertrains to the mainstream.
Sources: Car Scoops, Automotive News Europe
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Published March 24, 2021 – 10:06 UTC