Renault officially confirms the Twingo ZE

Renault officially confirms the Twingo ZE
Renault Twingo ZE

The Groupe Renault released the report on the worldwide sales results for 2019 and it had some important information about electric cars.

Let’s see the most interesting parts of the press release.


For the group, 2020 will mark a new stage in its electric offensive with the launch of Twingo Z.E. and the deployment of its new E-Tech hybrid and plug-in hybrid offers.

Renault finally confirmed the launch of the Renault Twingo ZE for this year. We can expect it to be officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show which takes place in 5-15 March 2020. There are some rumors that this car is already being produced and tested on public roads, therefore soon we should start seeing some spy shots.


Worldwide sales of the group’s electric vehicles rose 23.5% to 62,447 vehicles. New ZOE, launched at the end of 2019, will be the flagship of the electric range in 2020. In the light commercial electric vehicle segment, Kangoo Z.E. remains the undisputed leader, with a growth of 19.2% to 10,349 vehicles. In China, the group launched Renault City K-ZE in November and recorded 2,658 sales in two months.

After its launch in China, there’s the possibility that the Renault City K-ZE will be sold in Europe under the Dacia brand.

Renault City K-ZE


Previously Renault feared that a Twingo ZE could cannibalize the sales of the ZOE. But now the new Renault ZOE can easily differentiate itself from a smaller and cheaper electric car with its improved interior, WLTP range of 395 km and a price above 30.000 euros.

The Renault Twingo ZE will have in the VW electric triplets its most direct alternatives.


Some guesses about the WLTP range and battery capacity…

The Renault City K-ZE has a 30 kWh (26,8 kWh usable) battery pack, while the Å KODA CITIGOe iV has a 36,8 kWh (32,3 kWh usable) battery enough for a WLTP range of 265 km.

If the Renault Twingo ZE gets the same battery capacity as the City K-ZE it will be enough for a WLTP range of 210-220 km.

In my opinion a 30 kWh battery pack would be the sweet spot to allow an affordable price and don’t take sales away from the ZOE. However, with this battery capacity the Twingo ZE will have less range than the VW electric triplets, so I expect it to be considerably cheaper. If it costs more than 15.000 euros after government subsidies, it’ll be a major disappointment.

Anyway, in the coming years small electric cars will be very important in Europe. They are perfect for young buyers that don’t want an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car, but can’t afford to pay a lot more than 15.000 euros for a new electric car. Moreover, these electric cars will also be very popular in car sharing fleets.


What do you think? What price and range do you expect the Renault Twingo ZE to have and remain competitive against the VW electric triplets?



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8 months ago

Twingo ZE will use a battery pack from LG Chem, 24KWh and same engine as Smart EQ 60kW. Quick charger 22kW AC may come. Production volume will start in Q4.2020

7 months ago
Reply to  nono538

Thanks for the info. I think that a 24 kWh usable battery capacity is the minimum that could give the Twingo ZE a WLTP range of 200 km. The battery will cost Renault around 3.000 euros.

Anyway, it’s less capacity than I expected it to have, Renault really needs to sell it well under 19.900 euros before government incentives.

Liquid cooling and DC fast charging would be cool to complement a 22 kW on-board charger, but my guess is it’ll only arrive in the next generation in 2022.

7 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

I have just read an article in Autocar suggesting that Renault will keep the same battery pack, at 17.6kWh (and not sell in the UK, the latter is less important). That seems mad, and not sure why Renault would launch a new car with such dire sales prospects. Reliable article?

7 months ago
Reply to  Mattc

“The Twingo continues to use the same platform as the Smart Forfour EQ. There are no performance figures yet for the Twingo ZE, but they’re likely to be similar to those of its Smart sibling.

That car has a 17.6kWh battery and generates a peak output of 80bhp and 118lb ft of torque from a rear-mounted motor. It offers a claimed range of around 70 miles, and its battery can be charged from 10-80% capacity in 40 minutes.”

Autocar just says that the Renault Twingo ZE is likely to inherit the powertrain of the Smart Forfour EQ since both use the same platform. However, nothing stops Renault from using more advanced battery cells to improve capacity.

7 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Battery pack will be liquid cooling, chemistry NiMnCo.

7 months ago
Reply to  nono538

Nice to know it’ll have liquid cooling. As for the cathode chemistry it could be NCM 523, NCM 622 or NCM 712.

8 months ago

I also think it would be better that the Twingo ZE be cheaper than the VW triplets, even at the cost of a few kWh (and km).
In this way there will be a more varied offer.
But I’m afraid the price will still be around 20,000 euro (before subsidies).
Please, Renault, surprise me with a lower price !
(After all, 10,000 + 5,000 for the batteries is just 15,000 euros)

8 months ago
Reply to  Alok

Let’s see its domestic market (France).

Volkswagen e-up: 23.440 euros
SEAT Mii electric: 21.920 euros
SKODA CITIGOE IV: 21.600 euros

Renault Twingo (ICE): 11.400 euros

If Renault Twingo ZE is priced at 20.900 euros, price to customer is 14.900 euros after government incentive of 6.000 euros.

8 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Only for France. In Belgium no incentives any more 😡. Stupid govermount. Announced about 4 months ago out of the blue

8 months ago

Let’s see…
Up! 1.0i 60 Move Up! 14 020 € = +9 400 to be EV
Twingo III SCe 65 Life 11 400 € +9 400 = 19 800…
Let’s hop it’s does not keep the Smart forfour eq battery !!

Ghosn Rider
8 months ago

Probably going to be the same as Smart EQ. Twingo shares its underpinnings with the current Smart Forfour.

8 months ago
Reply to  Ghosn Rider

While it has the same underpinnings it should not have the same battery contract…
So Renault should be able to do what Renault wants…

8 months ago
Reply to  yogurt

exactly, Smart EQ is using Deutsche Accumotive packs 17,6kWh. Twingo EV will reuse same E-motor from Renault Cleon plant but Battery pack will come from LG Chem, 24kWh.

8 months ago

I’ve heard the pricing should be 25k€ in France.. Before incitives.

Disappointing, but coming from a Renault distributor.

8 months ago
Reply to  Justin

Hi Justin.

I only saw French media saying that it will cost less than 25.000 euros, but not how much less. The cheapest VW triplet costs 21.600 euros, I think that the Renault Twingo ZE will have less range and needs to be cheaper than that. Unless it gets a 40 kWh battery, but then I’ll be very surprised…

6 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima
8 months ago

I like the Renault City K-ZE I hope it will be sold in EU too! Do you have any news Pedro for it?

8 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

Hi Sandro. So far only rumors about Dacia selling it in Europe, nothing official yet.