As the launch of the reborn retro-inspired Renault 5 EV draws closer, we’re starting to learn more about what components it will use.
Previewed as a concept back in nearly 2021, the revived 5 is slated to commence production in 2024 using a new-design electric motor made at Renault’s renovated Cléon plant in France.
Dubbed ‘ePT-100kW’, the synchronous motor with a wound rotor – and expected absence of rare earth materials – will as its name suggests produce 100kW of power.
This new electric motor is a derivation of the more-powerful ‘ePT-160kW’ electric motor used in the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric.
The upcoming Renault 5 EV itself will be assembled at the company’s Douai plant.
Renault has also confirmed from 2027 the Cléon plant will produce a new 200kW electric motor, developed in partnership with Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive.
If Renault were to make good on its recent Renault R5 Turbo 3E concept, and deliver an even more hardcore Alpine-branded Renault 5 hot hatch, this motor might be a likely candidate.
Under the skin, we know the Renault 5 will make use of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-BEV electric platform.
The production Renault 5 EV concept’s exaggerated design is inspired by the 1972 original with the shape of the hatchback, rear light signature, and window line carried over.
Renault still hasn’t confirmed details of the 5 electric hatchback’s battery size and claimed range as of yet.
However it’s understood the battery will have a nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistry, and the CMF-BEV platform will offer up to 400km of range according to WLTP testing.
Both of these upcoming electric vehicles (EVs) have been teased, with the Nissan Micra looking bubbly and cute, and the Alpine Renault 5 EV having a large rear wing and rally spotlights at the front.
Renault’s retro revolution won’t end with the upcoming 5. The brand’s electric rollout will include a Renault 4-inspired SUV, that could be called 4ever, which was recently leaked in patent images.
Reports have suggested the road-going Renault 4 EV will go into production in 2025.
While the roadgoing Renault 4 and 5 EVs remain a few years off, it’s understood both are on the cards for Australia.
“Any new product that’s announced from the EV side, we have our hands up for,” Renault Australia general manager Glen Sealey told us in May this year.