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http://www.carscoops.com/2017/11/carlos-ghosn-confirms-kwid-ev-for-china.html
Carlos Ghosn Confirms Kwid EV For China And Emerging Markets
Nov 25, 2017  Cristian Gnaticov

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Renault has been mulling with the idea of launching a cheap electric car in
China [
http://www.carscoops.com/2016/10/renault-plans-affordable-ev-for-china.html
] for a few years, and it's finally happening.

Speaking to Autonews [
http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM08/171129995/ghosn-determined-bring-three-companies-closer
], the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CEO, Carlos Ghosn, confirmed an
electric version of the Kwid, admitting that prototypes have already been
built.

"In China, we can't sell the Leaf [
http://www.carscoops.com/2017/09/nismo-could-have-its-way-with-nissan.html
]. Too expensive and too sophisticated. We can't sell the Renault Fluence [
http://www.carscoops.com/2010/04/renault-reveals-production-versions-of.html
]. Too expensive. What sells in China? Low-cost electric cars", said Ghosn.
"So we are putting engineers from the alliance to develop a low-cost Kwid EV
for China. I just test drove the car in China. It will be a very well
engineered car at a very low cost."

Renault's head honcho didn’t give any insights into the launch date, power,
range or pricing of the Kwid [
http://www.carscoops.com/2016/05/renault-responds-to-kwids-0-star-rating.html
] EV, but admitted that it will eventually make its way into emerging
markets. "Once it works in China, there's no reason you're not going to
export the car to India, to Brazil, to the Middle East."

Carlos Ghosn is looking at the Alliance as a whole when it comes to
developing future products [
http://www.carscoops.com/2017/10/dacia-might-tap-into-ev-market-with.html
], especially electric vehicles, which will eventually help them achieve
their objectives: mass marketing and profitability.

"In the beginning, it was Renault going by itself, because they were
prototypes, and we didn’t know exactly where we were going. The Nissan Leaf
had its own technology. The Renault Zoe [
http://www.carscoops.com/2017/08/renaults-mad-zoe-e-sport-is-460hp.html
] has its own technology. Mitsubishi started with its own technology. But
now we're saying: one platform, one set of batteries, one set of motors",
Ghosn added.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi isn’t the only automotive giant that sees China as
a market with a huge potential when it comes to affordable EVs, as
Volkswagen has a similar approach. However, the Germans won't use their own
brands to breach into this segment, as they have reportedly signed a
memorandum of understanding [
http://www.carscoops.com/2016/10/vw-to-produce-low-cost-ev-with-jac-for.html
] with Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) to develop a cheap EV.
[© 2017 Carscoop & Carscoops]



Renault Kwid electric version ready to roll, confirmed for India launch
International Business Times, India Edition-Nov 23, 2017
In an interview with Autonews, Ghosn said Kwid EV is ready to roll. For a
query regarding alliance's strategy for EVs in China, the 63-year-old
business tycoon replied, "In China, we can't sell the Leaf. Too expensive
and too sophisticated. We can't sell the Renault Fluence. Too expensive.
What sells in China? Low-cost ...
...
Renault Kwid Electric Vehicle To Be A Well-Engineered Car ...
DriveSpark.com-Nov 22, 2017
With every car manufacturer developing low-cost electric vehicles (EVs) in
India as well as across the globe, Renault doesn't want to be left behind
especially an affordable electric car for the emerging markets. The French
carmaker has confirmed the launch of an EV in China. The EV is based on the
Kwid hatchback and ...
...
Renault Kwid Electric Model Prototype Ready For China
Car Blog India (blog)-Nov 22, 2017
With added effort form the company and benefitting from their alliance with
the Japanese automaker Nissan, the company believes it can tap into the
already focussed EV market of China. At the Drive The Future conference,
Renault confirmed that they are working on the Renault Kwid Electric model
for China.
...
Renault Kwid EV prototypes ready in China – Report
Indian Autos Blog (blog)-Nov 21, 2017
At the Drive The Future conference last month, Renault acknowledged the
development of the Renault Kwid EV for China. Now, Carlos Ghosn, Chairman
and CEO, Groupe Renault, has revealed that prototypes of the Renault Kwid EV
are ready. Renault Kwid based EV under development for the Chinese market
Renault




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