Dacia has taken a step into electric cars with the Spring Electric. Like other Dacia models, it8217;s designed to be affordable 8211; although we don8217;t have a price for it yet 8211; but we would expect it to come in under £20,000, if it goes on sale in the UK.
The styling is instantly recognisable as a Dacia, roof rails, reinforced arches and other city car elements adorning this dinky SUV. There8217;s some hints of Renault, unsurprisingly, with the basic interior designed to avoid unnecessary expense.
There8217;s a 26.8kWh battery that will give you around 140 miles, and a 33kW motor 8211; 44hp equivalent 8211; that will propel you to a top speed of 78mph. It will support charging at 6.6kW (about average for a domestic wall box) while faster 30kW DC charging is an optional extra.
The charging time from a standard wall socket would be 14 hours, from a wall box just 5 hours, while those opting for the 30kW charging will have it back up to 80 per cent in under an hour. For anyone considering longer range driving, that would be an option you8217;d want to take.