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The electric R5 has all the arguments to seduce… provided you choose the right version

With the electric R5, Renault demonstrates its intention to establish itself in the segment of compact, versatile and affordable electric city cars. In other words, designed for the city as well as for long journeys on the highway… Well, provided you choose the right version.

R5 electric absence fast charging
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It was the undisputed star of a rather dull Geneva show: the electric R5. As you could see in our columns, we had the chance to see in “flesh and blood” the future electric compact from the diamond brand.

Without a doubt, this new R5 risks create a stir in the wattage city car segment in 2024. It must be recognized that the proposition is attractive, between an affordable entry ticket fixed around the €25,000an interior between modernity and tradition (the Reno voice assistant as well as ChatGPT are integrated on board), and a rather decent autonomy of 400 km in WLTP cycle associated with DC fast charging of 80 or 100 kW depending on the version.

Pay attention to the choice of version when ordering

An attractive formula therefore… But be careful, when placing an order, you will have to choose your model carefully. For good reason, at its launch scheduled for the end of 2024 (the exact date is not yet known), the electric R5 will be offered in two versions:

  • a variant equipped with a 90 kW (122 hp) motor with a 40 kWh battery (i.e. 300 km of autonomy)
  • another equipped with a 110 kW (150 hp) motor with a 52 kWh battery (i.e. 400 km of autonomy)

Important clarification, these two models will not be priced around €25,000, but rather around €30,000. Indeed, Renault has confirmed, the popular €25,000 version will arrive later. And to guarantee this price, the diamond brand was forced to make certain concessions.

No DC fast charging on the 25,000 model

Thus, this entry-level version, which will be equipped with a 70 kW (95 hp) motor and a 40 kWh battery, will not offer direct current (DC) fast charging unlike the two models mentioned above. Casually, this is a far from trivial detail.

Without fast charging capability, it is clear that the entry-level electric R5 will be primarily intended for urban use. In the case of long highway journeys, it will be necessary to demonstrate unfailing patience. For good reason, while it will take around 35 minutes to recharge the 40 kWh battery via fast charging, here you will have to wait almost 2h30 to stock up on electrons with AC charging (alternating current) 11 kW as standard.

You will agree, the absence of DC charging greatly reduces the appeal of this electric R5, at least for users looking for a vehicle capable of covering long distances from time to time. It remains to be hoped that the French manufacturer deigns to offer DC charging as an optionlike what Dacia offers on the Spring for example.

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