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The cheap electric car that is successful in Brazil and does not reach Argentina

Another country, but it seems another world. In Argentina, the Renault Kwid was discontinued until further notice due to import restrictions and the brand’s decision to prioritize the quota for other products such as the Oroch. However, in Brazil the Kwid not only received a major restyling, but also incorporated the 100% electric variant produced in China and a few of the Dacia Spring. Brazil, so close and so far at the same time…

Since the brand confirmed its arrival in the neighboring country, the public immediately accepted it and as soon as the bookings were enabled, in just two months the stock of 750 units available was exhausted. According to the specialized media 16valvulas.com.ar, this first batch has just arrived at the port and the units are already being prepared for delivery to their owners (photo).

THE MOST ACCESSIBLE ELECTRICITY

Promoted as the most accessible electric vehicle in that market – with a price of R $ 142,900, approximately $ 3,700,000, the Kwid E-Tech is almost identical to the restyling it recently received in the neighboring country and incorporated in the China from last year. , where it is manufactured and from where it is imported.

The only differences are the watch grille with chrome details, the design of the alloy wheels, the lack of an exhaust outlet and the weight: the E-Tech weighs 977 kg, 191 kg more than the versions with the combustion engine. On the other hand, the capacity of the trunk is unchanged, with 290 liters.

THE MOTOR

​​​​The electric Kwid received adjustments to its motorization: in this case, instead of the 44 hp of the Dacia Spring – its twin brother-, it delivers 65 hp. Therefore, it can accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in 4.1 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 130 km/h so as not to avoid the batteries. It also has an Eco function, which uses an energy regeneration system during braking and maximizes consumption by up to 9%.

LIFE

As for its power, it has a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 27 kWh, which allows it to reach a range of up to 298 kilometers if used exclusively in the city. In mixed use, the range is reduced to around 265 kilometres. To recharge it, using a traditional outlet, it can recover about 190 kilometers of autonomy in 9 hours, but using a fast charger (DC) it can be refueled in just 40 minutes.

EQUIPMENT

In the equipment, its endowment is quite complete, even above the equivalent gasoline version: it has a multimedia system with a 7” touch screen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instruments with specific information on consumption, autonomy and state of charge. , air conditioning, power windows, central locking, six airbags, traction control, stability control, hill start assist and tire pressure monitoring system, among others.

In addition to being on the market through dealerships or on the brand’s official website, the Kwid E-Tech is also available on Renault on Demand, a vehicle rental and car-sharing platform similar to Kinto Share Toyota or Ford Go which, under present but released i. Brazil. Therefore, the city car can be rented for different periods of time, including documentation, insurance and preventive maintenance.

The electric Kwid, a success in Brazil, is not in the company’s plans for our country now.

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