Renault has announced that it plans to produce a bespoke version of the all-electric City K-ZE especially for Europe.
At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show in April, the City K-ZE was revealed as a small electric crossover to be sold exclusively in China. Now, the French automaker has revealed that the vehicle will be adapted for the European market, although it has yet to detail what changes it will undergo.
“A special version of the K-ZE will come to Europe,” Renault’s head of electric vehicles Gilles Normand recently told Autocar.
It is speculated that the Euro-spec version will feature a plethora of improved safety features. Additionally, there’s a chance Renault will increase its range from the 155 miles (250 km) of the Chinese model according to the NEDC standards.
Renault’s vice-president of sales, Olivier Murguet, believes the City K-ZE will prove popular across Europe particularly because it is an “ideal car for car sharing.”
“They [young consumers] will rent this kind of car and this is why we believe the day an A-segment EV comes to the market in Europe, it could have a huge success in car sharing,” he added.
The Chinese model features a single electric motor delivering 44 HP and 88 lb-ft (119 Nm) of torque. It requires seven seconds to hit 37 mph (60 km/h) and tops out at 65 mph (104 km/h). It is available from the equivalent of €7978 ($8844), but it estimated that the price for the European-spec model could be closer to €11,000 (approximately $12,000).