Dacia Spring Electric: an eco SUV for the masses

Published: 15 October 2020

► Dacia Spring Electric shows 2021's small EV
► It's a production car now
► Potential best-seller may not reach UK?

You’re looking at the new Dacia Spring Electric, a new SUV that promises to make electric cars even more accessible. Based on the concept car of the same name, we saw just a few months ago, the Spring has been revealed alongside another EV from parent company, Renault. And yes it does share DNA with Renault City K-ZE.

As you’d expect from Dacia, the Spring is now one of the cheapest EVs you can buy. It’ll come in two versions; one designed for sharing, and one just for shipping cargo. Order books open in 2021, with two trim levels available.  

It looks like a Dacia

Featuring a similar grille to the other Dacias and 150mm of ground clearance, the Spring Electric will be one of the larger electric cars on the market: It measures 3730mm, 1620mm and is 1510mm high. 

Inside, the Spring Electric continues the Dacia ethos, and offers lots of space for people and storage above all else. Passengers get a knee radius of 100mm, decent headroom, and there’s also 23.1-litres of storage space for front passengers. The boot space isn’t impacted by the car’s unusual powertrain, either; the Spring Electric boasts 300-litres of boot space, and double that with the seats down.   

What about the electric bit?

Dacia has opted for a 33kW or 44hp motor for the Spring Electric, and have paired it with a 26.8kWh battery. The range is quoted 140 miles WLTP, and drivers will be able to get close to Dacia’s estimates by using an ECO mode. With the greenest mode engaged, the Spring Electric will limit power to just 23kW and cap top speed to 62mph instead of the usual 78mph. 

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast