2019 is shaping up to be a colossal year for electric cars with a number of car manufacturers bring new vehicles to market

Nissan, Porsche, BMW, and Audi are among the many manufacturers launching new EVs this year.

Electric cars are getting better, more capable and cheaper with vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona EV and being ‘affordable’ high milers coming to market.

However, electric cars are still not cheap and there aren’t many ‘budget’ electric cars.

This space is something that budget car making pioneers Dacia are hoping to occupy when it launches its first electric car.

Dacia makes the cheapest car and cheapest SUV on the road in the UK with the Sandero and the Duster respectively.

Dacia’s European chairman Jean Christophe Kugler told Auto Express in 2017 that the EV will remain true to the Dacia brand’s ethos.

“We will remain shockingly affordable. We won’t change our brand territory,” he said.

“We will benefit from the Alliance strength and the proven technology – so we can fit that to a Dacia.

“We have all the [electric] technology ready and on the shelf.

“Being part of the bigger Alliance means when we need a technology, we have it. We don’t have to negotiate.”

Dacia is likely to borrow heavily from electric cars manufactured by parent company Renault which produces EVs such as the Zoe.

The Zoe has been an immensely successful electric car for the firm and has been updated for the 2019 market.

At the time the boss didn’t specify any particular timeline but indicated it would be in three or four years away, indicating a 2020/2021 launch.

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The car would likely need to be built on an all-new platform which would suggest that the electric car wouldn’t launch anytime before 2020.

“We look at when it will be affordable. We stick to our business model and when it is ready and when there is a request we will plug it.”

To allow Dacia to remain affordable in their creation the technology will unlikely be the cutting edge and the range will probably sit around the 100-mile mark.

Priced cheaply it could be an ideal city car or those who only use it for social or domestic purposes.

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