The Renault Group officials decided that, respecting the world trends, the Dacia brand should be “electrified” completely. Specifically, from 2035, the cars produced in Mioveni will give up gasoline, diesel and, especially, LPG engines.
“We already have the technology and it will be implemented,” said Denis Le Vot, executive vice president of the Renault Group, CEO of Dacia and Lada. However, the role of the Mioveni plant will not only be to assemble parts brought from various parts of the world, the local manufacturer being also responsible for the production of electric motors and batteries.
In the end, it’s all about the European Commission’s regulations. “Cars will become more and more expensive due to the new regulations, and the next step will be to switch to Euro 7. When the price goes up so much, people think twice before paying more than 20,000 euros for a car, especially when you look at what you bought with this money five years ago “, he explained, quoted by playtech.ro, Denis Le Votcare, who also specified that the technological gap between the models produced by Renault and Dacia was reduced to only 4 years. “In 2035 all Dacia models will be electric, it is a step we will take and we will electrify the Mioveni plant. Dacia is not a front-runner now on electric, but is currently relying on LPG engines. We must not forget that in Mioveni we now produce the biggest cars and we can say that we will have those jobs in Romania for over 100 years “, said the executive vice president within the Renault Group.
We already have the technology and it is going to be implemented.
Denis le vot
CEO for Dacia and Lada
“Squeeze” everything from classic engines
Until then, Dacia officials are determined to “squeeze” everything possible from classic engines based on more or less fossil fuels. Thus, according to the director of sales and marketing Xavier Martinet, Dacia is in no hurry to introduce any hybrid or PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models. “The question is not technical, because we can put that technology in our cars, we have this technology (hybrid-n.red.) On Clio and Captur and we can put it on Jogger and Sandero tomorrow,” Martinet explained to go4it.ro. Both cars use the CMF-B platform, which supports hybrid and PHEV engines. The Dacia representative says, however, that they will not reach the models of cars produced in Mioveni in the short and medium term due to cost reasons. “The question is an economic one. Are customers prepared to pay an extra 3,000 to 4,000 euros for a hybrid when they can buy the petrol or gas version, which costs just a few hundred euros more and meets emissions standards? ”He continued.
Spring, the pioneer
Currently, Dacia is based on a single electric model, Spring, a car that can be bought for less than 10,000 euros, after applying the state subsidy for the purchase of “green” vehicles. “Until now, the price has been a significant obstacle in the purchase of an electric car, but Dacia Spring is revolutionizing the electric car market for all consumers. Spring is the most affordable electric car on the European market “, the company announced. “Spring is a 100% electric city car, suitable for those who commute, but also for those who have to solve different things in the city, go shopping or run to the park with their dog or children,” he said. Dacia. Spring is a city car that has a range of 230 km in mixed WLTP cycle (305 km in urban WLTP cycle).
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