The new Dacia Spring is a cheap and funky EV

Europe’s most affordable electric car will receive a major update before 2024, including bi-directional charging.

Dacia Spring (2024) Dacia Spring (2024)

While the Volkswagen Group is still crunching numbers to determine how it can sell a cheap electric car and make a profit, Renault has figured it out. Low-cost Romanian brand Dacia has had great success with spring since its launch in 2022. More than 140,000 copies have been sold to date. For 2024, the refreshingly simple electric hatchback is getting a major makeover.

Don’t call it a next-generation model, as it’s more along the lines of a heavy facelift. The exterior changes bring spring 2024 in line with Dacia’s latest design language seen on the new Duster SUV. There’s a fair amount of plastic body cladding and squared off wheel arches to make this simple EV look more rugged. The exterior tweaks certainly make Europe’s cheapest EV more modern compared to the original version, which looked like it was stuck in the 1990s (at best).

Substantial changes have been made on the inside where the Dacia Spring 2024 has a completely new dashboard. In addition to the seven-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch touchscreen, the interior now features redesigned climate controls and a new look for the air vents. The updated handlebar features the new DC company logo and, more importantly, it is now height-adjustable. We also notice a new gear lever with a smartphone holder behind it.

For such a small car, that’s quite practical, as the front trunk can swallow 35 liters (1.23 cubic feet), while the rear luggage compartment has a volume of 308 liters (six more than before) or almost 11 cubic feet. Fold the rear seats down and the luggage space grows to 1,004 liters (35.5 cubic feet). Several storage compartments in the cabin provide an additional 33 liters (1.16 cubic feet).

The packaging is decent considering the Spring is just 3701 millimeters (145.7 in) long, 1767 millimeters (69.5 in) wide, 1519 millimeters (59.8 in) high and has a wheelbase of 2423 millimeters (95 .4 inches). Depending on the equipment level, the wheels are 15 or 16 inches. These Safari Beige and Brick Red colors debut with the facelift.

The basic Spring only has 45 hp, but you can switch to a more powerful electric motor with no less than 65 hp. The latter ensures that the cheerful EV can sprint to 100 km/h in less than 14 seconds. Stick with the entry-level engine and the job will be done in less than 20 seconds. The small 26.8 kWh battery is good for a range of over 220 kilometers and takes 45 minutes to charge from 20 to 80 percent via a 30 kW DC charger. With a 7 kW AC charger you have to wait almost 11 hours for the battery to go from 20 to 100 percent. It now supports bi-directional charging, so it can power your toaster or other electrical appliances.

The range is far from impressive, but according to Dacia, it is more than sufficient for the typical Spring user. After analyzing data collected from the infotainment system of the pre-facelift model, the Renault brand found that owners drive their cars approximately 37 kilometers per day. About 90 percent of all trips are shorter than 70 kilometers. Data also showed that the Spring travels at an average speed of 37 km/h and that 75 percent of owners charge the car at home.

Dacia can proudly say that the Spring remains the only EV available in Europe that weighs less than 1,000 kilograms. Although the new version has more standard equipment and better driver assistance technology to comply with European Union regulations, it has only gained six kilos. The fully loaded version in the top trim still weighs just 984 kilograms (2,169 pounds).

The Spring won’t make your heart beat faster, but those who want simple transportation at a low price and without emissions will appreciate this car. It is ideal for the urban jungle and a perfect tool for small shops that deliver goods. The price for the new version has not been revealed, but the old one was around €20,000 in its home market of Romania, before incentives.

It’s worth noting that the model is built in China and has a Renault version known as the City K-ZE. The two EVs have their origins in the Renault Kwid that was introduced in 2015 with combustion engines.

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