Despite Worldwide Movement Toward EVs, Renault Group Has a Holdout

While the rest of the Renault Group is converting to EV, one of their brands is not. What’s holding Dacia back?
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Oct 3, 2022
Every day, more and more
EVs
are hitting the market. Most automakers seem to be jumping on the bandwagon as fast as they can. Even Renault, the European
car brand
(and parent company to many others) based in Paris, France, has made a commitment to only sell electric vehicles by 2030. 
However, the Renault Group’s low-cost brand, Dacia, will continue making vehicles with internal-combustion engines for as long as it possibly can.
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What is Dacia?

Dacia is a low-cost Romanian automaker, with a philosophy to make new cars as affordable as possible to as many people as possible. According to
Dacia
, the company name “was dubbed Dacia after the name given by the Romans to the region now known as Romania.” 
The automaker started in 1966, and stood on its own for over 30 years before Renault acquired the brand in 1999. 

Why aren’t all Dacia cars going electric yet?

According to
Automotive News Europe
, Renault CEO, Denis Le Vot explained that the Dacia line of vehicles will not go fully electric until 2035 when European regulations will
require all new vehicles to have zero emissions
. Once this legislation takes effect, new vehicles powered by fossil fuels will be essentially prohibited. 
However, until then, Dacia is continuing with what they do: making simple, affordable cars. The reasoning behind this decision appears to be a way to keep the Dacia line as low-cost as possible for its customers. Until
EV technology
becomes more affordable for both manufacturer and consumer, gas power’s bottom line will continue to lead the way for Dacia. 
So, while the rest of the Renault Group is busy converting to EVs, Dacia is not. “This is also why Dacia exists. Depending on how fast the market converts to electric engines and of clients' appetite, Dacia is here. The two can co-exist," Le Vot said.

Are there any electric Dacia cars?

The current Dacia line of vehicles is mostly gasoline-powered, with a third of the line powered by liquid petroleum gas. They currently have one EV, a minicar named the Spring. The Spring is produced in China and makes up only 12% of Dacia sales. 
However, Dacia is planning to release a hybrid option on their Jogger SUV crossover vehicle in 2023 using the existing Renault E-Tech hybrid system developed in 2020. Even so, while there will be a couple of electric engines available, the vast majority will be internal-combustion engines until the last possible moment. 

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