Dacia Spring Electric 45 – Electric Car Review

Overview – Dacia Spring Electric 45 kWh

New electric vehicles have come out in the last year, for example the ostentatious Rimac and Tesla Roadster getting a lot of attention, whereas the Dacia Spring Electric is more lowkey has is beloved for being a budget-friendly option. The Dacia series is from a Romanian carmaker that was bought by Renault in 1999.  In this article we review the Dacia Spring Electric 45 which has a 45 kWh battery.

Dacia Spring – from the Renault group

The Dacia Spring Electric, produced by Romanian carmaker Renault, is a fast-growing brand that offers low-cost, high-quality and high-utility vehicles. The car is a small SUV that is perfect for first-time electric vehicle (EV) drivers, offering the classic controls and functions of a car, as well as modern EV features. It is also a great option for retirees looking to switch to an EV. 

The Dacia Spring aims to answer the question of how cheap an electric car can be. Depending on where it’s purchased, the Spring costs about €20,800 ($22,477), without subsidies. It is a four-seater car, and comes with air-conditioning, electric windows, and an optional Comfort Plus pack with leather-look seat covers, metallic paint, a full-size spare wheel, parking sensors, a reversing camera, DAB digital radio, sat nav, and smartphone integration. The 45 kWh version of the car has a range of 140 miles and a top speed of 78 mph.

Dacia Spring Electric 45 – Energy And Carbon Efficiency

The Dacia Spring Electric 45 has one of the lowest carbon emissions figures among all vehicles, emitting just 67 gCO2/mi (42 gCO2/km). This is significantly lower than competitors, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E SR AWD, which emits 108 gCO2/mi (68 gCO2/km). This makes the Dacia Spring Electric 45 a great choice for those seeking a more environmentally friendly vehicle.

EV Engine, Power and Performance

The Dacia Spring Electric has a 26.8 kWh battery, WLTP range of 140 mi/225 km, top speed of 78 mph/125 km/h and a power rating of 33 kW. It is quick enough for urban areas, and agile enough to merge into highway traffic, with a sportier suspension than other cars in its class. 

It is fairly agile, offering good acceleration and the ability to merge easily and safely into dense highway traffic.

The Dacia Spring 45 kWh version has a range of 140 miles and can get to a top speed of 78 mph. It has a 44 bhp power output and takes 19 seconds to go from 0-62 mph.

Interior Comfort and Cargo Dimensions

The interior has plenty of storage options, with a big bin in the center console, a huge glove compartment, and back seats that can be folded down in one piece. The trunk is also large and has a real spare wheel. 

The storage options include a real spare wheel and easy-to-use handbrake. The back seats can be folded down, and the trunk is big enough to fit large pieces of luggage, including a tuba.

The Dacia Spring is a compact car, and so it is easy to manoeuvre in busy traffic and tight car parks. However, when not folded down, the backseat is quite cramped in terms of headroom, and the steering column and driver’s seat are not height adjustable. We felt the seats were not comfortable and offer no side support.

Infotainment, Tech and Connectivity

The Dacia Spring Electric offers a center 7.5-inch central touchscreen with plenty of features, as well as the option to disable all of it. It also has access to Android Auto or Apple Carplay, though Renault’s own suite is preferred. It has a switch to enable cruise control, as well as a speed limiter, with Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Renault suite options. There is also a switch to disable the entire infotainment system. 

The Comfort Plus pack includes a reversing camera, DAB digital radio, sat nav and smartphone integration. Comfort Plus from Renault offers additional features such as a reversing camera, DAB digital radio, sat nav and smartphone integration.

Dacia Spring on city streets

Safety Features

The Dacia Spring Electric offers rear view camera, a speed limiter, and parking sensors at the back, as well as good soundproofing. The Dacia Spring is designed to meet the same safety standards as a family hatchback.

Warranty Information

The Dacia Spring comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty.

Final Thoughts

The Dacia Spring Electric offers a lot for its price and is perfect for older people who want to switch to electric without having to learn something new. It is also agile enough to merge into highway traffic and has plenty of storage space and offers access to modern tech and connectivity features.

The Dacia Spring is an incredibly cheap electric car and is great for short, routine trips in the city. It is a compact car that is easy to manoeuvre, but is not suitable for long journeys due to its slow acceleration and lack of comfort. It is not available in the UK yet, but it is possible to buy a personally imported version from other countries.

Technical Specifications

Basic Information
ModelSpring Electric 45
Car BodyHatchback
Number Of Seats4
Estimated Energy Efficiency
Efficiency (mi/kWh)5.7 mi/kWh
Efficiency (km/kWh)9.2 km/kWh
Horsepower44 HP (45 PS)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h    19 seconds
Towing Weight  0 lbs (0 kg)
Charge PortType 2
Charge Time4h30m
Fast Charge Power Max  34 kW DC
Fast Charge Time  38 min
Adult Safety Rating49%
Child Safety Rating56%

Available CountriesUnited Kingdom,The Netherlands,Germany
Date Of AvailabilityJuly 2022
Estimated Price€20,800 ($22,477)
Estimated Carbon Efficiency (Grid/Country Dependent)
USA67 gCO2/mi (42 gCO2/km)
Iceland6 gCO2/mi (3 gCO2/km)
Canada15 gCO2/mi (15 gCO2/km)
France18 gCO2/mi (11 gCO2/km)
Efficient Gas Car272 g CO2/mi (170 g CO2/km)
Size (kWh)25.0 kWh
Voltage (V)240 V
WLTP Range (km)230
Car Length147 inches (3734 mm)
Car Width64 inches (1622 mm)
Car Height60 inches (1516 mm)
Cargo (Trunk or Boot) Volume11 cu ft (300 L)
Frunk Volume0 cu ft (0 L)

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