Let it be said, the price of the future electric Renault 5, which will be produced from next year, is causing a lot of ink to flow. Already, last January, we were wondering if, contrary to the €20,000 that had been promised when the concept was revealed, we shouldn’t rather expect a base price of around €25,000. Only it could be more. A recent interview given to a german magazine Fabrice Cambolive, general manager of the brand at Losange since February 1, 2023, is indeed casting doubt.
The electric Renault 5 really the electric car at 100 €/month?
In this one, the boss of Renault says that the teams are actively working to “offer a model in a price range of around 25,000 euros”… without however naming it. As well as specifying that, more than the face price, the most important thing is to “offer an electric car at a very competitive monthly rental price”. So, of course, Fabrice Cambolive was answering questions from German journalists, but we know that the great battle of manufacturers in France is to ensure that one of their vehicles is available for hire for the “modest” sum. of €100/month. However, despite many advantages, the R5 does not seem to us the ideal candidate, in particular because of a French workforce which could cost it dearly. The future Citroën ë-C3, intended to be more attractive than ever by its prices, seems more suitable. That too, we have had the opportunity to mention in the past.
Last clue leading us to believe that the base price should increase further compared to the latest forecasts, the general manager of the French manufacturer specifies in the rest of the interview that everything is done so that the R5 is offered “at less than €30,000”. Mass has been said. From the €20,000 announced in 2021, the year the concept was presented, to €30,000, inflation will have had a decisive impact on the base price of this R5, which could quite simply jump by €10,000.
Perhaps you find us a little harsh when we ask ourselves in our title if it should not be “finally not much cheaper than the Zoé” insofar as it is today displayed from 35,100 €, excluding ecological bonus of €5,000. At first glance, there is still a small margin. Certainly, but the Zoé is at the end of its life. Its sales are plunging. Long the best-selling electric car in France, it is now far behind many rivals: Tesla Model Y and Model 3, Dacia Spring, Renault Mégane E-Tech 100% Electric, etc. Also, discounts from dealers are not unthinkable…
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To sum up
The base price of the zero-emission R5 could approach the €30,000 mark. The €20,000 announced during his presentation seem so far away now…