• 2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept

    Dacia Spring Electric Concept
  • It will be the first electric Dacia
  • But it will follow the Dacia tradition:
  • It will be the cheapest electric car Europeans can get the hands on
  • The exterior design really does give off some Citroen vibes
  • And it really does feel reminiscent of the Catcus C4
  • There’s no word on how much of this concept will make it to production
  • But there’s a good chance we could see a lot of the same cues
  • This concept offers up just 124 miles of range (WLTP)
  • And it’s battery is likely derived from the Renault ZOE
  • Which means it could offer betwene 108 and 134 horsepower
  • Or 165 to 180 pound-feet of torque
  • The Zoe offers 242 miles of range
  • So the production model of this concept could offer something similar

Your new affordable urban EV is on its way

Dacia is finally joining the electric car bandwagon and to signal that intent, the Romanian Renault-owned carmaker has unveiled the Dacia Spring electric prototype which will spawn a road-legal car towards the beginning of 2021. Once that happens, the all-electric Dacia model will be Europe’s most-affordable all-electric vehicle.

What is the Dacia Spring Electric Concept?

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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So the production model of this concept could offer something similar

This is the car that will eventually morph into Dacia’s first-ever electric vehicle. Mind you, it will keep the same ethos as the Logan, Sandero, or Duster, it the sense that it’s set to be the most affordable EV Europeans can get their hands on.

In developing the Spring prototype, Dacia turned its attention to Renault’s decade-long electric expertise. In Dacia’s own words, the Spring “focuses on the essentials, combining simplicity, reliability, and accessibility.” A road-going model will arrive to the market in the first half of 2021.

Dacia Spring Electric Concept - Design

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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Or 165 to 180 pound-feet of torque

You’ll be inclined to think the Dacia Spring looks like a Citroën and you wouldn’t be wrong. We’re getting a lot of C4 Cactus vibes here, while some styling cues also hint at Renault’s Captur, especially when it comes to the car’s profile and rear end. Not surprisingly, Dacia went for a crossover-y shape in an attempt to use the buyer’s love for high-riding cars to its advantage and attract a wider range of potential customers, including women.

It’s hard to say how many of these funky styling cues will make it into production, but we like the way the pastel grey exterior contrasts the matte fluorescent orange hues present on the wheel housings, roof bars, and lower door panel. On top of that, we hope Dacia will keep the sleek-looking LED headlights and Y-shaped taillights, especially since the press blurb mentions that “this look previews the future of Dacia’s lighting design.” Fingers crossed, then.

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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This will obviously be a high-riding crossover of sorts in its final, road-going form, but we doubt Dacia will keep the skid plates built into the rear and front bumpers, as the Spring is all about urban mobility and not off-roading. Not much is known size-wise, but Dacia mentions that the Spring prototype stretches to 3.73 meters in length.

Dacia Spring Electric Concept - Powertrain

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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It will be the first electric Dacia

Not much to discuss on this front, but Dacia mentions a WLTP-measured range of more than 124 miles (200 km). Most likely, the all-electric setup will mix a battery pack (probably borrowed from the Renault ZOE). Speaking of the ZOE, the current model can be had with either the R135 electric motor (100 kW/134 horsepower and 245 Newton-meters of torque) or the R110 one (80 kW/107 horsepower and 225 Newton-meters of torque).

2019 Renault ZOE Powertrain Specs
ZOE R110 ZOE R135
Power 108 horsepower (80 kW) 134 horsepower (100 kW)
Torque 225 Nm (165 pound-feet) 245 Nm (180 pound-feet)
Battery pack 52 kWh 52 kWh
Range 242 miles 242 miles
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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On the battery front, the ZOE sports a 52-kWh back that allows it to cover up to 245 miles (km) on a single charge. Alternatively, Dacia could fit the Spring with the same battery pack used initially by the ZOE, rated at 22 kWh. In all honesty, this looks like the most plausible choice, since the pack offered a max range of 130 to 150 miles (210 to 240 kilometers). The Spring is bound to be a tad heavier, so a 124-mile (200-km) range would make sense.

In any case, it’s too early to make any predictions and we’ll just have to wait for Dacia to spill the beans.

2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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It will be the cheapest electric car Europeans can get the hands on
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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And it’s battery is likely derived from the Renault ZOE
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
- image 889763
So the production model of this concept could offer something similar
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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Which means it could offer betwene 108 and 134 horsepower
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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It will be the first electric Dacia
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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But it will follow the Dacia tradition:
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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And it really does feel reminiscent of the Catcus C4
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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But there’s a good chance we could see a lot of the same cues
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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This concept offers up just 124 miles of range (WLTP)
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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Or 165 to 180 pound-feet of torque
2020 Dacia Spring Electric Concept Exterior
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The Zoe offers 242 miles of range
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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