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Renault K-ZE to ‘make electric affordable’

Small SUV-styled EV launches in 2019, in China first.

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The Renault K-ZE concept is debuting at the Paris motor show, as the French state brand ramps up its move to electricity.

According to Renault production versions of the K-ZE, an ‘SUV-inspired’ small car, will be affordable electric vehicles.

The production models are expected to be close to the Paris concept and will go on global sale from 2019, launching first in China which is currently the fastest-growing EV market. European sales are expected to start in 2021.

Renault has also confirmed that under the brand’s electrification plans the Clio supermini will gain a hybrid variant and the Megane family car and Captur SUV plug-in hybrid versions – these are expected on sale in 2020.

The K-ZE has a quoted range of 155 miles which Renault says is better than all rivals in its segment. It also has a double charging system compatible with both domestic three-pin systems and public charging facilities.

The car will also be well equipped – rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a central screen infotainment system with connected navigation are all included.

Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn believes the new K-ZE will further add to the brand’s credentials as the European leader in electric vehicles. The Renault Zoe is the second most popular EV on global sale, beaten only by the Nissan Leaf.

“We are introducing K-ZE, an affordable, urban, SUV-inspired electric model combining the best of Groupe Renault: our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable vehicles and in forging strong partnerships”, he says.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.