ROME -- Renault SA will launch an electric version of the Twingo minicar in the second half on 2014. The Twingo Z.E. will the company's fifth battery-powered model.
Jacques Bousquet, head of Renault's Italy division, said the automaker's alliance with Daimler AG had helped Renault speed up the Twingo Z.E. launch.
An industrial partnership agreed by Renault and Daimler last year includes the sharing of a new platform for the Twingo and a new four-seat car for Daimler's Smart division.
Speaking on the sidelines of a media event in Rome, Bousquet also said Renault will expand its range of electric vans beyond the battery-powered Kangoo due to launch later this year.
"The Kangoo Z.E. is the first of a broader range of battery-powered light commercial vehicles we are currently developing," he said. Bousquet summarized Renault's current plan for electric vehicle launches and pricing.
- The Fluence compact sedan goes on sales mid year at 26,000 euros including sales tax. A 36-month lease for the battery pack and its related warranty will add 79 euros a month to the cost.
- The Kangoo EV van will also launch mid-year, priced at 20,000 euros excluding sales tax plus 72 euros a month for the battery pack. "With 5,000 euros of incentives in countries such as France, the Kangoo Z.E. retails from 15,000 euros, the same price as its diesel version," Bousquet said.
- Renault will launch the two-seat Twizy quadricycle in France in December and in Italy in January 2012 at 6,990 euros including tax, plus 45 euros a month for battery leasing.
- In mid-2012, Renault will launch its volume Z.E. model, the Clio-sized Zoe. Renault plans to sell 150,000 units a year of the Zoe at full capacity, but has not announced yet its price.
(Dates and prices are for the French domestic market, the first to get the vehicles.)