Dacia is looking likely to bring its Spring electric car to the UK. I applied thumbscrews to a Dacia spokesman at the recent launch of the Jogger seven-seater – and although he manfully didn’t crack under torture, his body language suggested it.
I hope it does because with Dacia’s fantastic value pricing structure it’ll be very affordable.
Most European countries have far more generous EV grants than us, but even so the Spring could cost under £15,000.
I mention it because this week we’re testing the Fiat 500, which in the specification we’re driving, is currently the cheapest electric car you can buy in the UK.
It’s fitted with a 24kWh hour battery. If you’ve got your head around this EV malarkey you’ll know a 24kWh battery doesn’t give you a huge range. The official figure for the car is 115 miles. Fine if you use it for city driving and local journeys, but tremendous patience and a lot of spare time is required if you want to cross the country in it.
Best mention the price. With the PICG deducted, our Action trim level 500 with no options costs £22,335. The next most affordable EVs are MG’s ZS crossover and MG5 estate, and Renault’s Zoe. All of those are around 27 grand but do have significantly longer ranges. You can also buy a Fiat 500 with a 42kWh battery that will give a range of just under 200 miles but that car is similar money to the Zoe and MG models.
The electric Fiat 500 is not related to the regular petrol 500 that’s been on our streets since 2007 (we owned two of them, first a hatchback and second a convertible). For starters it is 60mm longer and the same measurement in extra width.
It’s still a diddy car, though. A bit more spacious in the back than the petrol models but still better suited to kids than adults.
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