Are OEMs getting the message? Renault will soon introduce electric retrofit kits for some of its iconic models

The manufacturer partnered with French conversion specialist R-Fit 1 to support owners of the Renault 4, Renault 5 and Twingo models in switching to e-mobility. The reasoning behind this move sounds promising for conversion advocates like us:

“Converting old vehicles to electric power extends their lifespan and means they no longer generate CO2 emissions, which is why they are particularly well suited to modern urban driving conditions, especially within low emissions zones”.

However, Renault is not the first OEM to announce such a move. In January 2023, for example, Toyota published a similar press release “Classic Toyota AE86 sports coupes get electric and hydrogen power”.

In Germany Volkswagen – also with partners – introduced conversion kits for the Beetle, the Transporter (the Bus) and the Caddy as early as 2019. Unfortunately, at least the transporter and caddy projects were terminated with the launch of the VW ID. Buzz in 2022.

As Renault claims that its conversion kit initiative bolsters its position as “the leading manufacturer of electric city vehicles”, it’s hopefully not a short-lived move. We will see. The kits are supposed to be available from September 2023 onwards.

Read the details here.

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