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Europe’s ‘most affordable electric car’ on sale in France

The Dacia Spring basic model will cost €12,403 with the government ecology grant, and opens for pre-orders next week

12 March 2021
The new Dacia Spring electric car. Europe’s ‘most affordable electric car’ on sale in FranceThe new Dacia Spring has been dubbed Europe’s ‘most affordable electric car’
By Hannah Thompson

An electric car dubbed “Europe’s most affordable” is now on sale in France for €12,403 due in part to the country’s generous electric vehicle incentives.

The Dacia Spring basic “Comfort” model is available at the price of €16,990, which becomes €12,403 once France’s 27% ecology grant (“bonus écologique”) is deducted.

This makes this model of the Dacia Spring €3,200 cheaper than the electric Renault Twingo model (which is €15,585 with the bonus). This is despite the Dacia having a longer range than the Twingo, at 230km per charge versus 190km.

Pre-orders for the vehicle are set to open on March 20. The first clients will receive a recharge badge allowing them to use the Plugsurfing charging network, which has 30,000 points across France. Those who order the Comfort Plus model will also be gifted 2,000km-worth of charge on delivery.

The first deliveries are scheduled for Autumn 2021.

Vehicle options

The new Dacia also has a number of high-tech tools inside, including a Bluetooth radio with a USB port, and daytime LED headlamps, plus manual air conditioning.

It offers an emergency tyre for an extra €180, and a Type 2 recharging cable for €250, plus metallic paint in grey, blue or red for an extra €500.

For €1,095 extra - for a total cost of €13,498 after the bonus is included - drivers can also add a “Média Nav” seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a rear parking camera, emergency tyre, metallic paint, and sound treatment inside and out. Extra charging options are also available.

Dacia has also created a “Business” option for professionals and car-sharers, which will cost €12,264 with the bonus. It will include the Comfort options, plus more rear cameras and footwell mats.

A further “Spring Cargo” “utilitarian” option is also set to go on sale next year, but the price has not yet been revealed.


A market ‘game-changer'

Academic Bernard Julian told specialist car website “The ‘customer promise’ is simple: You don’t have to go to the petrol station for everyday journeys; as long as you don’t need the same services from your everyday car as you might for a ‘holiday’ [long-distance] car.”

News source BFMTV said that the new Dacia Spring could be a “game-changer” on the electric vehicle market. 

Competitor vehicles such as the Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii cost around €22,000, or €16,000 once the bonus is taken into account; while the electric Fiat 500 starts at €24,500 (€17,885 with bonus). While these models do have a higher spec than the Spring, they are markedly more expensive.

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