The Dacia Spring has been confirmed for UK sale and is likely to be the cheapest electric car (not a quadricycle like the Citroen Ami) available when it lands in 2024. Priced from €15,800 in France, it will likely cost closer to £20,000 in the UK.
Dacia has been toying with the idea of bringing the Spring to the UK for over a year. Still, its resounding success on the continent – with more than 120,000 orders, increasing Dacia’s global sales by 6.8 per cent – has made the opportunity impossible to resist.
The Dacia’s low price has hit a chord with private buyers, who account for 75 per cent of sales. And, while multi-car households often buy Springs, according to Dacia said households used them for 90 per cent of mid-week trips.
Data collected from the Dacia Spring’s connected services suggest it will be ideal for urbanites. The average Spring journey lasts less than 20 miles at a speed of just 16mph – a figure you’d be lucky to hit in central London rush hour.
It’s an ideal ecosystem for this car, which has a 33kWh battery, a 44PS (32kW) electric motor and a top speed of 78mph. A full recharge takes less than one hour using a public charger, five hours using a 7.4kWh wall charger or 14 hours with a three-prong plug.
If those specs are what you’ve been waiting for, you can register your interest on the Dacia website, where full prices and specifications will be revealed in due course.