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The Dacia Spring could be the start of electric cars being practical

Available in France with a starting price of about P718,000

Dacia is out to prove that practical EVs need not be prohibitively expensive. PHOTO FROM DACIA

With rising concerns over the effects of fossil fuels on our environment, electric cars are being touted as the future of personal mobility. But despite their independence from gasoline or diesel, it can’t be helped that EVs still command quite a premium versus their piston-engine counterparts.

Take for instance the Renault Twingo supermini, which isn’t much bigger than a Toyota Wigo. In France, the cheapest gasoline-powered variant costs €12,350 (P714,000). Opt for a battery-equipped version, though, and the starting price is bumped up to around €18,850 (P1.1 million), and that’s with the EV-conversion bonus already deducted.

Size-wise, the Spring city car is not much bigger than a Toyota Wigo. PHOTOS FROM DACIA

However, Groupe Renault brand Dacia seems to think that such a stark difference in pricing shouldn’t be the case for EVs. After all, this is a company known for its affordable (if a bit sparsely equipped) product line. It’s out to prove a point with the Spring, the Romanian automaker’s first all-electric offering.

You'd have to spend more to get niceties like a touchscreen infotainment system. Very Dacia. PHOTOS FROM DACIA

The Spring’s dimensions are quite similar with the Twingo. As for range, it’s good for up to 305km from the 27.4kWh battery pack, which can be charged to 80% in as fast as 56 minutes using special charging stations. Dacia is even proud of the fact that some of the Spring’s standard features include manual air-conditioning, electric power steering, power door locks, and electric windows. There is even a phone app that can monitor the Spring’s remaining driving range and its present location.

At least there is a mobile app that can monitor your car's location and vitals. PHOTO FROM DACIA

In France, the suggested retail price of this car is just €12,403 (P718,000) with the government’s EV bonus already deducted. This may just be in one country, but with most of Dacia’s products geared toward the budget crowd, just imagine the Spring undercutting practically every other EV sold in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Such affordability could finally start a revolution in which electric cars become a practical and financially viable choice.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.