Dacia to launch the first electric car produced in Romania. Next Duster model may be hybrid


The first electric Dacia model will hit the market next year, the Renault Group said.

The first car will be produced in 2021,  a small vehicle called Urban City Car,  the Renault group said Friday in a statement.

The new car will be modeled on the electric version of the Renault Twingo called Twingo Z.E, which is scheduled to come out later this year.

The Dacia Z.E will be unveiled at the end of 2021, and will go on sale the next year. The next Duster model may also be 100% electric.

Plans have been accelerated as starting from 2021 the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g carbon dioxide per kilometer.

This emission level corresponds to a fuel consumption of around 4.1 l/100 km of petrol or 3.6 l/100 km of diesel.

Electric cars have become more popular in  Romania, with 1,500 new electric cars purchased last year, more than double the previous year, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said this year.

Last year, 291,000 electric cars were registered in Europe, ACEA said, compared to 150,000 in 2018.

The surge comes as petrol prices increased by 5% while diesel dropped by 14% across Europe.

Last year, 3.1% of new passenger cars in the EU were electrically-chargeable vehicles (one percentage point more than in 2018).  All alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined held a market share of 13.2%.

Hungary has 1,800 electric cars, while Bulgaria has just 181. In Austria, there are 9,200, and Poland registered 1,500, the same as  Romania.


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