Renault 5 makes its UK debut at Goodwood., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Renault 5 makes its UK debut at Goodwood., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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The new Renault 5 electric supermini made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and is set to launch in 2024.

Priced at around £18,500, the Electric Vehicle concept can be seen at the French company’s stand throughout the weekend 23-26 June.

It debuted at last year’s Munich Motor Show and is said to be part of a new plan to revive Renault’s fortunes as part of the Renault Group’s new CMF-BEV platform for small electric vehicles.

Company boss Luca de Meo said deploying the new platform and improved battery technology would allow the company to sell the 5 for 33% less than the current Zoe, which has an entry-level price tag of £27,505.

The company also confirmed that the New 5 will use new propulsion technology and batteries based on nickel, manganese and cobalt, which will significantly reduce the cost per kilowatt-hour to around £58 by 2030. Renault added that the 5 has a range of around 248 miles.

The Renault 5 prototype was based on the style and design of the Clio predecessor that Renault produced from 1972 to 1996. It is said to be one of 14 new models the French brand will launch in 2025 – including seven fully electric vehicles – alongside the new Mégane E-Tech that uses the larger CMF-EV platform.

They are joined by a new version of the Renault 4 Supermini called 4ever.

The French company originally unveiled the new 5 concept last year at the unveiling of the “Renault” strategic plan drawn up by new boss Luca de Mayo. The Prototype city car will be a key part of Renault’s goal of generating 30 percent of its sales from electric vehicles by 2025.

De Meo, who during his time at Fiat was key in reviving the Fiat 500, said: “I know from experience that reinventing a cult product lights a fire under the whole brand. This is a cult vehicle at a price many can afford. And this is only the beginning for the whole Renault brand.”

The Renault 5 Prototype is an all-electric model whose design heavily references various versions of the original 5, including the cult classic Supercinq and R5 Turbo versions, albeit with a modern Electric Vehicle flair. The headlights are based on the original design, while the front-mounted Electric Vehicle charging port replaces the original grille.

Renault design chief Gilles Vidal said: “The design of the Renault 5 Prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive.”

The showcase features wider rear wheel arches and a red stripe livery that nods to the R5 Turbo hot hatch, hinting at the prospect of a high-performance version of the new model. Indeed, recently, performance brand Alpine confirmed that it is working on its own version of the 5, which will arrive shortly after the standard car, using the same 215bhp powertrain as the Mégane E-Tech Electric.

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