Article By John Redfern

Electric Renault 5 concept meets its ancestors

A prototype version of the forthcoming electric 5 supermini was displayed with classic Renaults at the IAA Mobility event.

Renault has displayed the concept version of its new 5 electric supermini at this week’s IAA Mobility show in Munich.

Joining the retro-look Renault 5 Prototype at the event are several classic examples of the original supermini.

The new electric 5 is now confirmed to enter production in 2024.

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Produced between 1972 and 1996, more than 5.5 million examples of the Renault 5 were made.

In 1974, a collaboration between Renault and EDF resulted in an early electric version of the 5.

Intended for testing and evaluation, the Renault 5 Electrique had its rear seats removed to accommodate lead acid batteries. Range was limited to around 100 miles, with a full charge taking 10 hours.

An example of the early Electrique can be seen alongside the new prototype in Munich.

The reborn Renault 5 improves substantially on the figures achieved by the 1974 version. It will use a scaled-down version of Renault’s CMF-EV platform, which underpins the new Megane E-Tech Electric.

The result, says Renault, is a potential electric range of up to 250 miles.

Renault hopes that the new battery-powered version will ‘democratise the electric car’ in Europe. The 5 forms part of Renault’s plan to launch seven new electric cars by 2025.

The new Renault 5 will be built at the ElectriCity factory in Douai, France. This same site assembled the first examples of the classic Renault 5 in 1972.

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