• Reneault revealed the production version of the Renault 5 E-Tech this week.

    The original Renault 5 sold over 5.5 million units across five continents from 1972 to 1985 and the Renault 5 E-Tech electric remains faithful to the 2021 concept car, which harks back to this past. 

    The New Renault 5 will be available with two lithium-ion batteries. The biggest, which will be the only one available at market launch, has a capacity of 52 kWh and a range of up to 248 miles (WLTP). The second has a capacity of 40 kWh for a range of up to 186 miles (WLTP). Both use NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) technology, for the best energy density on the market today.

    These battery modules are designed to improve energy density without increasing size. The 52 kWh battery includes four large modules in its casing, compared with the 12 smaller modules found on Megane E-Tech electric and Zoe. This simplified architecture brings weight savings of 20kg compared with Zoe. A total of 46 cells are assembled in each of the four modules, each weighing around 55kg.

    The 40 kWh battery has just three large modules in the same casing. Each of these three modules includes 31 cells of increased thickness, weighing in at around 240kg.

    The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is planned to arrive in the UK in Q1 2025, with specification and prices to be announced in due course.