Cheapest tram in Brazil costs R$ 143 thousand and is a Renault Kwid

Renault presented Kwid E-TECH Electric, the cheapest electric vehicle in Brazil, in a single version, with a suggested price of R$ 142,990. The price brings it closer to larger flex engine SUVs. A down payment of R$999 is required. The car will be delivered for sale or subscription from August.

The manufacturer says that for an acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h it takes 4.1 seconds. It also declares the best energy efficiency index, of 0.44 MJ/km, among all electric vehicles in Brazil, according to Inmetro’s Brazilian Vehicle Labeling Program (table published on February 10, 2022).

The range is 298 kilometers in urban use, according to the SAE J1634 standard, used by Inmetro. The nearly 300 km meet the average use in large cities.

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The weight of the car is 977 kg. Translating into values: according to Renault’s accounts, considering the average price of gasoline R$ 7.30 and the average value of 1kWh to R$ 0.66, the cost of a kilometer driven by the Kwid E-TECH is R$ 0, 06.

As for charging the battery – whose capacity is 26.8 kWh – it can even be charged from a grounded 20A domestic socket.

Complete, the Kwid E-TECH has six airbags, electronic stability control (ESP), ABS brakes with BAS (Braking Assist System), hill start assistant (HSA), reversing camera, rear parking sensor, multimedia system Media Evolution and electric steering, among other safety and comfort items.

Kwid E-TECH is part of a global project with the participation of Renault Latam Engineering.
The model will also be available on Renault on Demand, the brand’s subscription service for the Brazilian market. All plans include preventive review services, document management and vehicle-related fees such as IPVA and licensing, in addition to insurance.

In time: Kwid was launched five years ago with a controversial speech. Renault introduced it as the compact SUV. Claimed the distance of the car to the ground. In January, the Kwid arrived on the 2023 lineup with slight changes in design and technology, such as LED daytime running lights (DRL) on all versions, Start&Stop system, stability control (ESP), ramp start assistant (HSA) , among other items.

Renault Kwid E-TECH Electric: notes on the cheapest electric car in Brazil

  • The 100% electric motorization of 48 kW (equivalent to 65 hp) is associated with a 26.8 kWh battery.
  • As with all electric vehicles, there is no noise and no need to change gears.
  • During use there is no emission of pollutants or CO2.
  • The range is 265 km in a mixed cycle and 298 km in an urban cycle, according to the SAE J1634 standard used by Inmetro.
  • Permanent regenerative braking recovers energy each time the accelerator pedal is released and also when braking. Therefore, in urban use it yields more.
  • Battery life can be optimized via the ECO driving mode activated via a button on the center console. This mode limits power to 33 kW (instead of 48 kW), top speed to 100 km/h and makes regenerative braking more effective.
  • The Kwid E-TECH is recharged via a connector located behind the front grille, at the height of the logo. The recharging compartment is unlocked by means of a command located internally, under the steering wheel.
  • Recharging can be done in a common socket, in an alternating current (AC) wallbox of 7 kW and in direct current (DC) chargers.
  • For example, charging from 15% to 80% of the battery charge on DC takes 40 minutes, on a 7kW Wallbox it takes 2h54 and on a 220 volt domestic socket it takes 8h57.
  • While the Kwid E-TECH is charging, the dashboard displays the charging indicator and also shows the available range in kilometers with the current charge level.
  • The gear lever is replaced by a chrome-plated rotary control, with simple use in three positions: D (drive/forward), N (neutral/neutral) and R (reverse).
  • Standard items include 100% electric steering with variable assistance, air conditioning, central locking of the doors by button, front and rear electric windows, headlight height adjustment, speed limiter (with steering wheel), Media multimedia system Evolution and electrical adjustment of the mirrors.
  • The Media Evolution multimedia system offers a 7” touchscreen, smartphone mirroring compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB and AUX inputs. voice (via smartphone), allowing you to activate and command the smartphone’s iOS or Google assistant.
  • The vehicle debuts a new body color, Noronha green, exclusive to the model, and will also be available in Glacier Polar white and Diamond silver.

Renault Kwid E-TECH Electric: Subscription car

The subscription option with Renault on Demand is offered in 12, 24, 36 or 48 month plans. Upon joining, the customer can also choose mileage plans, with options of 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 kilometers per month. Hiring can be done 100% online by clicking here.

For example, in the standard 48-month plan with 1,000 kilometers per month, the monthly fee for Kwid E-TECH is BRL 3,339. This amount can be reduced to R$2,999, if the customer chooses to make a first payment of R$9,990.

A deposit of R$999 is required. The car will be delivered from August.

The rear is marked by a bumper that features elements such as a skid plate painted in silver and integrated reflectors (Photo: DISCLOSURE)

The model has the AVAS system (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System) that emits an audible signal to alert pedestrians until the vehicle reaches 30 km/h, a common speed in urban areas.
The model has the AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System) system that emits an audible warning signal to pedestrians until the vehicle reaches 30 km/h, a common speed in urban areas (Photo: DISCLOSURE)

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