Dacia Spring: the affordable EV in 2021
In recent years, even the most affordable EVs would be expected to set you back at least £25,000. Cost has proved to be a major sticking point as a result.
But the new Dacia Spring model blows all affordability expectations out of the water. Due to roll off production lines by 2021, the Dacia Spring is expected to be one of the most affordable EVs to ever be produced. It is intended to help consumers re-evaluate how accessible EVs could be in the future.
The Dacia Spring model will be marketed as the first city car in Dacia’s line-up of new models. One of the prime ambitions Dacia has with this new electric-only model is to make zero-emission mobility affordable for more.
Undercutting rival EVs
Dacia unveiled its new Spring model with a price expected to be sub-£20,000. The SEAT Mii Electric, which currently enjoys its status as the cheapest EV on the market, costs £19,800. While Dacia is yet to give a specific price point for the new model, it will almost certainly undercut that valuation in order to become the cheapest on the market.
For many years, affordability has been one of the biggest drivers in the EV market, especially in Europe. There has been a boom in EV sales this year, with there being more than 164,000 pure electric cars registered in the UK, as of September 2020.
The rise in demand for EVs is strongly related to a wider offer that is finally including more affordable choices. The higher competition amongst brands is also pushing down prices.– Felipe Munoz, global analyst at Jato Dynamics
New innovations in EV technology have been crucial in helping make EV cars trend cheaper over time, but an increased supply of them has also done much to improve affordability. Felipe Munoz, a global analyst at Jato Dynamics explained:
“The rise in demand for EVs is strongly related to a wider offer that is finally including more affordable choices. The higher competition amongst brands is also pushing down prices.”
Dacia Spring – the raw figures
Crunching the numbers behind the Dacia Spring, the manufacturer revealed that the new model could manage 140 miles on a single charge, or 183 miles if used in the urban environment for which it was designed for. This was thanks to a 43bhp electric motor, alongside a 26.8kWh battery.
Despite not releasing some data about acceleration, Dacia claimed the Spring could reach a top speed of 78mph. However, speed isn’t the only thing drivers may be interested in. Dacia intends to make sure drivers can monitor the charging status of the car through an app on their phone.
Not only that, but the Spring will be designed to handle DC charging – using a simple 30kW charger is expected to help recharge the battery up to 80 per cent in just one hour. That means less time spent waiting to juice it up and more time on the road – an encouraging sign of things to come in the world of EV motoring for 2021.