The European Union urges motorists to switch to electric driving as soon as possible. But the cheapest electric car at the moment is the Romanian Dacia Spring, which costs 20,710 euros. It is small and cramped and therefore not a complete family car. It also has a very short autonomy of only 230 kilometers. And during crash tests, it proved to provide insufficient protection for its occupants.
With such features, it is difficult to convince private car buyers who currently drive a gasoline car to switch. They don’t think about sacrificing much ease of use and security. If they want a comparable car, they have to rely on expensive models. Almost all electric cars still cost at least 30,000 euros. Prices for the cheapest electric VW at the moment, the ID.3, are also fast approaching 40,000. It is therefore not surprising that Volkswagen has high expectations for the recently presented ID.2.
According to Volkswagen, the ID.2 will cost less than 25,000 euros and, despite its compact exterior dimensions, offers the interior space of a VW Golf. The car is 4.05 meters long and thus only two centimeters shorter than a VW Polo. However, growing children have enough space in the back seat. The trunk also surprises, with its 490 liters of capacity. If you fold down the seat back, you can store 1330 liters of luggage yourself. There is another 50-litre compartment under the rear seat to store the charging cable, for example.
Recharging should only take place after 450 kilometers and with a fast charger it should be possible to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 20 minutes. The ID.2 has a powerful 226 hp / 166 kW electric motor. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds. The maximum speed is 160 km/h. It is the first car in the ID model series to receive front-wheel drive. Volkswagen wants to introduce ten new electric car models up to and including 2026. One of them will be an electric car that will cost less than 20,000 euros.
Tesla, one of the most talked about electric car manufacturers, is also promising to introduce an affordable model under the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. This is evident in Tesla’s new Master Plan. In it, Tesla indicates that it is working on a car in the ‘compact’ category. This model, of which the manufacturer has not yet released a name, would receive a 53 kWh LFP battery and would cost around 23,500 euros.
This competitor to the Volkswagen ID.2 is manufactured in Mexico, China and Germany. Tesla hopes to be able to make four million units a year. In total, the company sees a market of no less than 42 million units for this model. For the Model 3 and Model Y, Tesla assumes a total production of 24 million units. It has not been announced when the car will be on the market.
BYD Atto 1
BYD, which is also active in the Netherlands, has launched an exciting new extremely compact electric hatchback in China. The model is called ‘Seagull’ in China and, like the Atto 1, it could be a very interesting addition to the European delivery range. With a length of 3.78 meters, the Seagull is a few centimeters longer than the Dacia Spring, which makes it ideal for Europe.
The 1.72-meter-wide and 1.54-meter-tall compact hatchback has a wheelbase of exactly 2.5 meters and thus outperforms the Spring by just under three inches. That sounds promising for the interior space. Much technical information is missing, but it is clear that the Seagull has a 75 hp electric motor and can reach a top speed of 130 km/h. The weight of the car is at least 1160 kilos.
Kia indicated during its annual Investor Day that it wants to build and sell small and midsize electric cars in Europe, because these are important segments in our part of the world. For example, a smaller electric SUV with the name EV5 will enter the Kia Sportage segment. Most likely, the final production version will also arrive in Europe in 2024 and thus also in the Netherlands.
Kia aims to sell 258,000 electric cars this year, but that should be 1,005,000 in 2026 and a whopping 1.6 million in 2030. To achieve this, the Korean brand aims to reduce the cost of battery packs required to electric vehicles by 25 percent in 2026 compared to 2018. In 2030, battery packs should be even 55 percent cheaper than comparable units in 2018. Electric motors and on-board chargers should be reduced by no less than 70 percent by 2030 compared to 2018.
Renault will launch a modern all-electric interpretation of the Renault 5 in 2024. This retro model should follow car week become especially affordable and compete with the Volkswagen ID2. Renault says that the electric R5 will not only be cheaper than the Zoe, but also cheaper than the competitors Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e, which cost around 30,000 euros. The battle between the ID.2 and the Renault 5 also promises to be interesting.
The Renault 5’s battery pack – for which the brand has yet to release extensive specifications – is made up of fewer parts than that of, for example, the Zoe. This should make the battery cheaper and about 15 kilos lighter. The R5’s electric motor is derived from the Mégane E-Tech Electric. That should also reduce costs. The R5 isn’t the only small electric Renault to use the platform. The brand speaks of a whole model family on the same basis.
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