The Dacia Spring full-electric minicar will be priced starting at 16,800 euros ($20,100) in France, making it the least-expensive EV in that market and among the cheapest in Europe.
The Spring, a European-certified version of an EV that is built and sold in China by Renault Group partners, is available to order by private buyers starting March 20, but the first deliveries will not be until the third quarter of this year.
Versions intended for short-term rental fleets will be delivered this month.
Incentives for full-electric vehicles bring the price of the Spring down to 12,264 euros in France. The price structure for the Spring is market-dependent; in Italy, another potentially large market for the minicar, the base price is 19,900 euros, but with zero-emission incentives and a dealer discount it falls to 12,460 euros.
In comparison, the Renault Twingo ZE electric minicar starts at 21,350 euros in France. With incentives, the Twingo price falls to about 16,000 euros. Other inexpensive EVs available in Europe include the Seat Mii Electric, at 20,869 euros in France; the Skoda Citigo e-iV, at 21,600 euros; the Volkswagen e-Up, at 23,440 euros; and the Smart ForTwo EQ at about 25,000 euros in France.
The least-expensive new car in France is the Dacia Sandero, with a base price of less than 9,000 euros, but it does not come in an electrified version.
Buyers in France and several other European countries are also eligible for thousands of euros in scrapping bonuses for low- and zero emissions vehicles.