Too expensive… Very limited range… It’s always the same arguments put forward for not switching to an electric vehicle. It is true that just a few years ago these clean vehicles were much more expensive than thermal ones and their range barely exceeded one hundred kilometers in “normal” use. But that was before… Because, today, the situation is changing radically. Dacia has just marketed its first 100% electric city car and, judging by the 2,500 pre-orders recorded in the month after it went on sale, Dacia Spring is on its way to stirring up a number of ideas received. Are you still hesitating to venture out? Here are five great reasons to go electric in 2021.
1# A decidedly modern style and an all-purpose model
The Dacia Spring stands out from the usual small electric city cars: with its beautiful grille and its front bumper decorated with six LED daytime running lights, its urban mini-SUV look clearly leaves no one indifferent. In profile, the roof rails, side door guards and hubcaps with a decidedly modern design refine the silhouette, making it particularly pleasing to the eye. As far as colors go, you can choose between Kaolin white, Goji red, Cenote blue or Lightning grey. As evidenced by its size, the Dacia Spring is above all a city car: 3.73 meters long and 1.77 meters wide (including mirrors) and a comfortable ground clearance of 15 cm. Its short wheelbase of 2.52 m and its rear overhang of 62 cm make it the queen of the niche.
Its maneuverability is not surprising, as the Dacia Spring was designed based on the CMF-A platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which it shares with the Clio V. The trunk is surprisingly large for a vehicle of this category: 290 liters ( and up to 620 liters with the rear seat folded down). The 1.25 m wide cabin (1.23 m at the rear) easily accommodates four adults.
2# An equipment level worthy of the upper class
Dacia Spring is available in two trim levels whose names are clearly not misused: Comfort and Comfort Plus. In the latter, elements of the body and interior (front and side protection, mirrors, roof bars, seams and edges of the panel) gain a touch of color and should please young customers. Note that this version also inherits radar, reversing camera and spare wheel (instead of the refill kit present in the Comfort version). It also benefits from the multimedia system media browsing (with 7 inch screen, Bluetooth, navigation and smartphone replication via Apple Carplay™ Where Android Auto™).
The Dacia Spring’s interior is obviously not that of a large sedan, but its level of equipment is frankly surprising. Remote central locking from 10 km/h, four electric windows, six airbags, central three-point seat belt, LED daytime running lights, automatic lighting, speed limiter, ABS, active emergency braking, pressure detection tires, emergency call system, manual air conditioning, audio system (radio, mini-jack and USB sockets for headphones, Bluetooth and DAB)… Nothing is missing!
3# Amazing battery life
Dacia Spring also surprises with its light weight: just 970 kg (including just over 180 kg for the battery). And as his favorite place is mainly the city and, for that matter, the intercity roads, it was therefore superfluous to equip him with an overpower block. The permanent magnet synchronous motor that equips it, therefore, only develops 33 kW, or 44 hp. But the lack of inertia and the torque of 125 Nm make it easy to get out of traffic, with strong accelerations of up to 60 km/h. As for its top speed of 125 km/h, it is amply sufficient. Quite logically, the 27 kWh battery takes great advantage of this light weight and these measured performances: the theoretical range (according to WTLP standards) is displayed at 230 km in mixed driving and up to 305 km in the city.
In fact, and without worrying about adopting a particularly economical drive, the Dacia Spring transports you around 180 km without going through the charging box. If, like the vast majority of EV owners, you drive less than 30km to work daily, you’ll certainly be content with charging the battery just once a week.
4# Smart recharges
Another point particularly optimized by Dacia: the charging times that prove to be suitable for urban use. Admittedly, on a classic 10A outlet, a full charge takes 13:30. But on second thought, and like 80% of electric vehicle owners who charge their vehicle at home through a simple socket, this duration is ideal if your daily commute to work is short and you just plug in your Dacia Spring. per week, on weekends. For a daily recharge, you’ll have to opt for a 3.7 kWh (16A) Green Up socket: a full recharge takes just 8h30, enough time for a good night’s sleep. For a charge of less than 5 hours, your choice will be a Wallbox 32 A (7.4 kW).
Finally, while the highway’s long swaths of asphalt aren’t its main playground, the Dacia Spring can still afford slightly longer getaways, refueling at a DC Combo terminal with 125A direct current. Then it takes just over 50 minutes to recharge to 80% of the battery (and 1h30 for a full charge).
5# An unparalleled rate
Dacia’s main objective was to make electricity accessible to as many people as possible. Given the prices charged, the brand’s desire must be met. Dacia Spring Confort and Confort Plus are sold at €16,990 and €18,490 respectively! Taking into account the ecological bonus in force, these prices drop to… 12,403 and 13,498 euros. Which makes it the cheapest electric car in Europe.
Dacia also offers a Long Term Rental Agreement (based on 4 years and 40,000 km) with monthly payments of €89 per month for the Comfort version and €94 for the Comfort Plus finish. A contribution of 7,100 euros is requested, but this amount is largely absorbed by the ecological bonus to drop to 2,500 euros, or even fully compensated thanks to the conversion bonus.