Ooh la electric!
The iconic Renault 5 subcompact, previously sold in the US as Le Car, will return as a battery-powered car.
The French automaker revealed 5 Prototypes at an event on Thursday outlining its future electric vehicle plans. In addition to the hatchback style, the car offers a number of features from the original, including replacing the engine air intake on the bonnet for charging and adding a textile-trimmed roof. Reflects a large foldable cloth.
Renault targets a launch date in 2023 for production models. But it has not disclosed any details about expected range and prices.
As far as availability in the United States, Renault does not currently sell cars here and does not plan any imminent returns. But you can still buy the electric Le Car … if you can find it.
From 1979 to 1980, US Electricar proposed a conversion of Le Car called the Lectric Leopard, which converted a four-cylinder engine into a wheel-drive electric motor via Le Car’s standard four-stroke manual transmission. It draws power from six 6-volt car batteries, like a used golf cart, and has a range of under 50 miles per charge, and a top speed of just 55 mph, which was legally fast allowed to drive cars at the time.
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It’s not clear how many are. But sometimes they appear in classified ads.Often, battery packs are updated to 12 volt or even modern lithium ion cells.