the bad news that could bring down the project?

the bad news that could bring down the project?
the bad news that could bring down the project?

In full discussion with Volkswagen for the production of a future 100% electric Twingo, Renault would face the withdrawal of its German partner. A nice thorn in the side of this important project.

Despite all its good will, Renault did not succeed in meeting the bet of an electric R5 at €20,000. However, this is what Luca De Meo wanted when he took office, making this revival of Super cinq the spearhead of the electric offensive of the Losange. But in an uncertain and tense industrial context, the cost of manufacturing batteries – which alone explains 40% of the price of an electric car – is struggling to come down. However, faced with the offensive of other manufacturers, all of whom promise to achieve an affordable electric mass market, including Citroën which has just presented an astonishing ë-C3 at €23,300 excluding state bonuses, Renault had to react . And pull out, almost out of his hat, the idea of ​​an electric Twingo.

In absolute terms, there is nothing original about it since the current generation, which is experiencing its last weeks in the catalog before the new European GSRII standard comes into force, is already converted to watts. But, hoping to ride the same enthusiasm as that aroused by the R5 prototype 4 years ago, Renault decided to explore the neo-retro vein. Its “first price” electric must therefore become, in 2026, a 1990 Twingo converted to electric!

End of the discussion

Renault will have to do without Volkswagen to produce this modern-day electric Twingo.© Renault

To do this, the Losange had even started serious discussions with another partner, in this case Volkswagen. Because it is very difficult to make a low-cost electric car profitable. The best example is none other than Dacia, which imports an Asian Renault into Europe and puts its badge on it to become a Spring but exempts itself from colossal manufacturing costs. At the cost, moreover, of quality, even safety.

A collaboration between Renault and Volkswagen therefore made perfect sense for the production of a small electric car. But Reuters tells us today that the German manufacturer has stopped discussing with its French partner! By specifying that everyone will go their own way to complete the project. At least in theory… It is now up to Luca De Meo to find another solution – another partner – to make this essential entry-level model a reality, which the R5 E-Tech ultimately will not be, under penalty of seeing a failure. yet an important project for the years to come.

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