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Renault 5 E-Tech electric

Renault 5 E-Tech electric

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric, with styling based on the original Renault 5, will certainly be one of the coolest EV designs to appear in showrooms in the next 12 months.

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric will be available at launch with a 52 kWh battery, paired with a 150 hp electric motor, giving a range of 248 miles, with a smaller 40 kWh battery with a 186 mile range, and a 120hp electric motor, going on sale later. The 150 hp version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in under 8 seconds.

Both lithium-ion batteries use NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) technology for high energy density. For improved performance in all conditions, the battery is equipped with a liquid cooling system to regulate its temperature. A heat pump maintains thermal comfort in the passenger compartment while saving as much energy as possible from the battery. This feature aims to quickly bring the cabin up to a comfortable temperature after start-up when the vehicle is cold. 

The maximum DC rapid charging rate is 100 kW DC, or 80 kW DC for the 40 kWh battery, allowing a 15% to 80% charge in 30 minutes in both cases. It can also be charged at 11 kW AC, and the Renault 5 E-Tech electric will be the first vehicle in the range with V2L (vehicle-to-load) for connecting a device to the vehicle battery and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) for feeding electricity back into the grid and saving money on home charging.

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is the first car to be built on AmpR Small, the new all-electric platform. Despite being an EV, it’s designed to be as light as possible: from 1,450kg for the 52 kWh version and 1,350kg for the 40 kWh version. The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a city car and so is less than 4 metres in length (3.92m), with large 18-inch wheels at each corner. However it still manages to offer a boot capacity of 326 litres. A rarity in the electric city car segment, it can even tow a trailer, with a towing capacity of 500kg.

The vent grille on the bonnet of the original car has been reinvented as a charge indicator in the form of the number 5; when the driver approaches the vehicle, it lights up.

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is due to arrive in the UK in Q1 2025. Three trim levels will be available at launch: Evolution, Techno and range topping Iconic Five. It will be available from launch in five body colours: Pop Yellow, Pop Green, Artic White, Diamond Black and Midnight Blue. 

The original Renault 5 sold over 5.5 million units across five continents from 1972 to 1985, and it was even available in an electric version as far back as 1974.

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