1. Dacia estimates the range too high
The Dacia Spring has a small battery of 26.8 kWh. Then you can promise a range of 230 kilometers, which is why customers are disappointed. We have not yet driven the electric city car, but if its power consumption is somewhere between that of the Renault Twingo Electric (review) and that of the Honda E (action range test), you can reach a maximum distance of 200 to 150 kilometers on the highway. Provided you drive 100 km / h and the sun is shining. In winter the range becomes even smaller.
2. Fast charging is much slower than normal
You can charge any Dacia Spring at a charging station in the neighborhood, but you pay extra for the option of fast charging at the Fastned or Ionity. Unfortunately, you will not get the usual charging power of 50 kW, but only 30 kW. Even the slow-charging Mazda MX-30 charges even faster than that! Can Dacia class this at all as ‘fast charging’? Anyway: you have to wait almost an hour until the battery is 80 percent full again.
3. Dacia Spring does not reach 130 km / h
130 km / h is a legal speed in the Netherlands, but the Dacia Spring driver will not use it. Its electric motor is only 44 hp. The top speed of the Dacia Spring is only 125 km / h. Now you can say that you mainly use it in the city, but that does not prevent other electric city cars from tapping the 130 km / h.
4. Dacia Spring is much smaller than the Dacia Duster
While we are still managing expectations: the Dacia Spring Electric resembles the Dacia Duster, but it is much smaller. The Dacia Spring is 3.73 meters long, 1.62 meters wide and 1.49 meters high. That makes it 60 centimeters shorter (!!!), 18 centimeters narrower (!!) and 20 centimeters lower (!) Than the Dacia Duster. Just be careful not to trip over it when you check out the electric mini-SUV at the dealership later this year.
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