Dacia reveals the all-new Spring Electric: the electric revolution by Dacia
Dacia is writing a new chapter in its history with the unveiling of its first all-electric model. An arrival on the electric city car market announced in March 2020 with the presentation of the Dacia Spring Electric show-car.
The Spring is a revolution: as the lowest-priced electric city car on the market in Europe, it makes electric mobility even more accessible. Dacia is adapting electric mobility to its philosophy of offering a contemporary car that meets essential needs: The Spring is a small, spacious, robust electric car offered at an unbeatable price.
Orders for the All-new New Dacia Spring Electric will open in spring 2021 with a simple range and commercial offer: a battery included in the purchase price and two trim levels.
True to the philosophy of the Dacia models, the Spring Electric is economical to buy and use. Available at an affordable price with a driving range of 225 km (140 miles) WLTP, it promotes simplicity, reliability and robustness.
The 33kW (equivalent to 44hp) all-electric powertrain is paired with a 26.8kWh battery. Reliable, robust and safe, it has many advantages: smooth linear acceleration, silent running and no vibration. The Spring Electric costs less to drive than an equivalent internal-combustion vehicle, since energy and servicing costs are much lower.
To give it greater independence, Spring offers a wide choice of charging options: on a 220V home socket using the cable supplied as standard, on a Wallbox (with the available optional cable) or on a DC charging station (optional).
The charging time of the Lithium-ion battery is:
- less than one hour for 80% of charge on a 30 kW DC terminal
- less than 5 hours for 100% of charge on a 7,4 kW Wallbox
- less than 8h30 hours for 100% of charge on a 3.7 kW Wallbox
- less than 14 hours for 100% of charge on a 2.3 kW household socket
The free MY Dacia smartphone app allows drivers to check the battery level and remaining driving range in real time, to programme pre-conditioning of the passenger compartment (air conditioning), and also to locate the car. When the Spring Electric is plugged in, the app informs the driver of the progress of the charge and enables them to switch it on or off remotely.
Operating without oil and with a much smaller number of moving parts, the electric engine is reliable and costs less to service than an internal-combustion engine. The Dacia Spring Electric is guaranteed for three years and 100,000 km and its battery eight years and 120,000 km.
The lightweight and compact Spring Electric has a driving range of 225km (140 miles) in WLTP cycle and 295km (183 miles) in WLTP City cycle (approval cycle that includes only the urban part of the approval cycle), guaranteeing great versatility both in urban and suburban areas.
In Europe, the average daily driving distance is 31km in the city car segment. On this basis, the Spring would only need a single battery charge per week.
The range can be improved by almost 10% by simply pressing the ECO button on the instrument panel thanks to a power limit of 23kW (instead of the maximum 33kW) and a top speed limit of 100kph (62mph).
The Spring Electric has many standard safety features: a speed limiter, ABS, ESP, electronic brakeforce distribution, six airbags, emergency call (SOS button), automatic headlight activation and automatic emergency braking. Active from 7 to 170km/h (4 to 106mph), this system detects, via the front radar, the distance to the vehicle in front (stationary or moving). If a risk of collision is detected, it alerts the driver visually and audibly, before applying more braking force if the driver brakes but the risk is still present. The car will apply them more strongly if the driver does not brake or does not brake sufficiently.
Length: 3,734 mm
Width: 1,622 mm (1,770 mm with mirrors)
Height: 1,516 mm
Wheelbase: 2,423 mm
Empty ground clearance: 150 mm
Electric engine 33 kW (44 hp)
Battery 26.8 kWh
AC charging up to 6.6 kW / DC charging up to 30 kW (optional)
Driving range: 225 km/140 miles (WLTP) / 295 km/183 miles (WLTP City)
Top speed: 125 kph (78 mph)
Via Automotive Today