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Renault offers retro-fit EV kits for classics

Monday, 30 January 2023 at 17:00:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Renault 4, 5, and gen-1 Twingo EV kits offered

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Renault has introduced retro-fit EV conversions for the Renault 4, 5 and first-generation Twingo.

Developed with R-Fit, the electric conversions are due on sale in France from September 2023 and will cost from €11,900 (£10,450). The kits will make their debut at Rétromobile in Paris this week and customers can order a kit at the show.

The French car company says the kits have passed UTAC certification and they are eligible for subsidies in France.

For the Renault 4, the kit includes an electric motor, lithium-ion battery, battery, and two-year warranty. The kit retains the original gearbox of the car.

The battery gives a 50-mile range and recharging takes three and a half hours.

Hugues Portron, Director of The Originals Renault - la collection, said: ‘We are overjoyed about launching these electric retrofit kits that will enable people who love their classic cars and young people to drive in France in our iconic Renault 4, Renault 5 and Twingo, powered by electricity.

‘In addition to the circular economy created by these new electric engine fits, the electric retrofit kits offer a solution that combines the pleasure of driving with savings and reliability without taking anything away from the style and the original designs of these well-loved timeless classics.’

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