After seeing Renault’s secret calendar, we already knew that the next generation Renault Twingo IV coming in 2022 will be all electric. However, we didn’t know what Renault had plan for the current third generation.
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…
It would be a big missed opportunity not introducing an electric variant of the current generation Renault Twingo. Especially since the electric supermini Renault ZOE is still far from being affordable.
The good news is that Ali Kassai Koupaï, Senior Vice President, Product Planning of Groupe Renault confirmed that the current third generation of the Renault Twingo will have an electric variant available next year.
“We need to add an A-segment [electric] car to address customer needs.”
The small car A-segment is very important in Europe for car sharing and renting companies. Moreover, with a good A-segment electric car, automakers can build brand loyalty with younger generations. For younger generations it’s important that their first car is not only electric, but also affordable.
To avoid cannibalizing sales of the ZOE, the Twingo ZE will have less range and features. Nonetheless, I expect the Twingo ZE to have the same very useful 22 kW on-board charger.
The VW triplets with a WLTP range of 260 km and a price around 17.000 euros after government subsidies, will be the most direct alternatives to the Renault Twingo ZE.
In 2022, Renault will introduce the next generation Twingo IV ZE.