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 ŠKODA 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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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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1 year 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

1 year 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?

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Battery pack will be liquid cooling, chemistry NiMnCo.

2 years 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)

2 years 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

2 years 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
2 years ago

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

2 years 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…

1 year 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.

2 years ago

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

Disappointing, but coming from a Renault distributor.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima
2 years 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?