Renault Twingo ZE launch depends on demand

Renault Twingo ZE launch depends on demand
Renault Twingo ZE

Since the launch of the third generation Renault Twingo in 2014, the electric version has been postponed time after time. Renault kept saying that people don’t want electric cars…

However, the success of the Renault Zoe in Europe – where it’s the best selling electric car – made Renault proud of its electric leadership and could help the launch of another electric car.


Vincent Tourette, Renault UK Managing Director, confirmed once again that the current Twingo is prepared to have an electric version and added:

“When demand is there, we will be ready.”


While it seems that the speech remained essentially the same, acknowledging the possibility of an electric Twingo – at this moment – doesn’t happen for no reason, especially if we consider that the conditions are now very different. With the eminent opening of the new LG Chem battery cell plant in Europe (Poland), battery supply will increase and costs will decrease.

The current generation of the Twingo and Smart models share the same platform, and as we know, Smart is already selling electric versions with Renault technology, such as the electric powertrain.

Furthermore, later this year, or at worst early 2018, a new 22 kW internal charger made by Renault will be available – as an option – for the electric Smart cars and I think this is the final piece of the development puzzle needed to launch an electric Twingo. While this internal charger will remain as an option to the Smart electric cars, Renault will definitely make it standard in the Twingo ZE.

Regarding the battery, it’s still too early to tell, but if I had to guess I would say that it will probably be half of the Zoe’s battery. This means that instead of the 96s2p configuration, the Renault Twingo ZE should go for the 96s1p (all cells connected in series, none in parallel) configuration. With a roughly 20,5 kWh battery, a 22 kW internal charger and rear-wheel drive, the Renault Twingo ZE would be perfect for the city environment and carsharing companies would buy them in droves.

Additionally, more and more European city centers are saying no to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars, this makes smaller and cheaper electric cars even more relevant now. Considering that with battery included this electric car would be under 20.000 €, I would definitely want one.

This electric car could also be popular in China, where Renault needs to sell more electric cars if it wants to keep its presence there.


What do you think? Would this be an important electric car for Renault?



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3 years ago

If true, this would be a game changer. Not only for the smart move by Renault by introducing an affordable city EV, but also because the other automakers are years away of having similar to sell!

3 years ago
Reply to  Filipe

In China smaller city EVs are already dominant, unfortunately in Europe we are left only with the overpriced Smart electric cars.

Pedro Honrado
3 years ago

It will have the same success that the “e-UP” had.

3 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Honrado

The Volkswagen e-up! was and still is very overpriced, the Renault Twingo ZE should be considerably cheaper.

3 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Honrado

This is the car that I want!
e-UP have the success that VW want, yes you guess, none!
Was presented as the perfect electric city car but never really produced / sold for this.

Benjamin Nead
3 years ago

Hi Pedro . . .

You might have heard the news that the North American trim 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is no longer available in the United States and, after it sells out at Canadian dealerships, will no longer be available there . . . and that there will be no North American i-MiEV for the 2018 model year.

What is the status for the Euro trim i-MiEV, the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn in western Europe? Do they look like they’re on their way out, or do you think they’ll be selling them for a while longer? My thoughts are that the Twingo ZE is the logical successor. If it could be rebranded as a Nissan, it could be generally available in the US. Fingers crossed . . .

3 years ago
Reply to  Benjamin Nead

Hi Benjami.

Yes, I know.

In Germany the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was already discontinued long ago, while in the rest of Europe it’s still available but it sells virtually zero. None of the triplets even enter the top 30 plug-in car sales in Europe.

I know that Mitsubishi and Nissan have been working on a small and affordable electric car for years now, but there’s no recent news about it, seems like a dead project…

Sharing the Twingo platform between the three sister companies would make sense cost wise, since even Smart that is an “outsider” uses it for their new generation ICE and electric cars.

Considering that the Twingo ZE, appearance wise, would basically be a more practical Fiat 500e with 2 extra doors, I think it could be successful even in North-America that loves bigger cars.

I think we’ll know more about it when the new LG Chem battery cell plant starts operating in Poland later this year. This is what the Alliance needs to introduce more electric car models.