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Holy heck, the new Dacia Spring electric car costs £14,995

… making it not just a super cheap EV, but a super cheap new car full stop

Published: 12 Mar 2024

This is a new, small electric car. It has a small battery. A small range. A light weight, small amount of horsepower and in genuinely good news, a small price. Dacia has confirmed the Spring will start from just £14,995.

Fifteen grand! That makes it the second cheapest new EV available in the UK after the Citroen Ami, which of course isn’t really a car. So strike that off the list and it’s literally thousands of pounds cheaper than either the Vauxhall Corsa Electric or MG4, both of which sneak in just under £27k.

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For that, you get an entire car! It comes with wheels, doors, some glass and even seats! There’s a small 26.8kWh battery, a small 48kW motor and the ability to travel up to 137 miles on a single charge!

There are other things you’d expect in a car, too. Like a 7in digital instrument cluster, a steering wheel you can move up or down, USB connectivity, cruise control, central locking, parking sensors, and even air conditioning. Truly, you do not need any more.

Though more is available, like a bigger touchscreen, electric mirrors and a bi-directional charger. Lots of storage space and practicality is thrown in as standard. As are those rather delectable looks.

Prices for the entry-level, headline-grabbing ‘Expression’ with the 44bhp powertrain start from £14,995, rising to £15,345 for the 64bhp Expression, and topping out at £16,345 for the 64 horsepower ‘Extreme’ trim. That’s it. Three versions. All very cheap for new cars.

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“We have listened to the concerns of UK drivers regarding accessing EVs,” said Dacia’s UK brand director Luke Broad, “ensuring it not only has an unprecedented price but affordability that doesn’t come at the expense of durability, equipment or usability.”

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