Renault launches K-ZE compact EV at Shanghai

Renault has launched the K-ZE pure-electric compact crossover at the Shanghai Auto Show, which will help drive expansion in the important Chinese EV market, but could come to Europe in due course.

The K-ZE is smaller than a Zoe, and roughly the same size as a Twingo in crossover form. Technical specifications are not yet confirmed, but the concept version showcased at the Paris Motor Show last year had an NEDC range of 155 miles on a single charge.

Judging by the footprint and low-cost targets, a large battery would be out of the question, so a WLTP range of around 120-130 miles would be a reasonable estimate.

Renault K-ZE interior

Charging times have been quoted at 50 minutes for a 0-80% fast charge, or four hours for a slow 0-100% charge. Connected EV systems will be available via an app, and Renault has fitted PM2.5 sensors and an air quality control system to improve the cabin environment.

Aimed specifically at the Chinese market, the K-ZE has been designed to 'high European quality standards' and it would not be a surprise if the model made it to Europe at some stage.

Renault K-ZE rear

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:16th Apr 2019

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