Renault and R-FIT announced a partnership that will allow owners of the brand’s classic cars — Renault 4, Renault 5 and Twingo (1st generation) — to transform their combustion models into 100% electric vehicles with zero emission of pollutants in France .
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The kit comprises a 10.7 kWh battery, which will be installed in place of the fuel tank, and an electric generator mounted in the space occupied by the traditional one. It will offer 14.5kW of continuous power and 48kW peak. With this, Renault’s classic retrofit will be able to run up to 80 kilometers per charge and be recharged in just over 3 hours at a common domestic outlet.
“We are delighted to launch these electric retrofit kits, which will allow classic car lovers and young people to drive in France in our iconic electric-powered Renault 4, Renault 5 and Twingo,” said Hugues Portron, Director of The Originals Renault collection. .
According to the executive responsible for the partnership with R-FIT, in addition to the circular economy created by these new electric motor adjustments, the electric retrofit kits offer a solution that combines the pleasure of driving with economy and reliability “without taking anything away from the style and of the original designs of these timeless classics.”
How much will the conversion cost?
According to the press release distributed by Renault, the conversion of classic models into electric cars will cost from 11,900 euros (R$ 66,200 for the conversion), and the network authorized to carry out the service can be consulted through R-Fit Vintage official website.
The electric retrofit kit for the Renault 4 will be available from February 2023, while the one prepared for the Renault 5 will only arrive in September. Owners of 1st generation Twingo cars interested in making the model 100% electric still don’t have a set date to obtain the kit.