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The Renault 5 E-Tech Electric is a Classic Resurrected for the Modern Era

The Renault 5 E-Tech Electric will be priced from about €25,000


The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a notable addition to the city car segment, a segment that is sadly lacking in North America. Despite this, the new electric Renault 5 is a brilliant intertwining of the legacy of its iconic predecessor with contemporary technologies. This vehicle marks an important chapter in Renault Group’s “Renaulution” strategy as it transitions towards sustainable mobility and industrial rejuvenation.

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

This vehicle’s design lies in energy efficiency, digital integration, and sustainable manufacturing practices. It embodies the ethos of modern mobility while paying homage to the original Renault 5, known for its avant-garde design and adaptability. The E-Tech electric version will meet today’s environmental challenges through its electric propulsion, digital enhancements, and a production process rooted in local and responsible practices.

 

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, encapsulates the essence of this endeavor, noting the collective passion and historical appreciation infused into the revival of such a beloved model. This project is more than mere manufacturing as it’s become a labor of love, anticipated to resonate deeply with both longstanding enthusiasts and a new generation of drivers.

 


A Harmonious Fusion of Past and Future

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a manifestation of Renault’s broader vision for an electrified future. Developed through innovative methodologies, this vehicle marries the enchantment of its conceptual origins with the practicalities of modern engineering. Remarkably, its journey from conception to production spanned only three years.

 

This effort has birthed a car that is as competitive in pricing as it is rich in features. With a starting price of around €25,000, it positions itself as an accessible yet technologically advanced option in the electric vehicle market. The vehicle benefits from a unique platform tailored for small electric vehicles, offering an optimal balance of interior space, performance, and efficiency.

 


A Design That Speaks Volumes

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

The Renault 5’s original launch in 1972 set a new benchmark for automotive design, capturing the spirit of the era with its playful and innovative aesthetics. The E-Tech electric variant builds on this foundation with a “retrofuturistic” design approach, blending nostalgic elements with modern electric vehicle requirements. The design team, led by Gilles Vidal, VP of Design at Renault & Ampere, has skillfully navigated the delicate balance between past and present, resulting in a vehicle that exudes charm as did the original.

 

Underpinning the Renault 5 E-Tech electric is the AmpR Small platform, a cornerstone of its unique attributes. This platform facilitates a spacious interior, extended wheelbase, and a lightweight structure, all while accommodating advanced electric drivetrain components. The vehicle introduces innovative features like a bidirectional charging system, enhancing its integration into the broader energy ecosystem.

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

The Renault 5 E-Tech electric promises an engaging driving experience, bolstered by a sophisticated suspension system and a range of power options. Its versatility is further underscored by its compatibility with both AC and DC charging, ensuring adaptability to various driving conditions and lifestyles.

 


A New Chapter in Automotive Innovation for Renault

 

Renault’s commitment to innovation extends beyond the vehicle itself, encompassing a holistic approach to the driving experience. The E-Tech electric is equipped with state-of-the-art connectivity features, intuitive interfaces, and advanced safety technologies, all designed to enhance the journey for drivers and passengers alike.

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

In line with Renault’s dedication to environmental stewardship, the E-Tech electric is set to be produced in France, utilizing a localized supply chain to minimize its carbon footprint. This strategy not only underscores Renault’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing but also contributes to the development of a European “electric valley.”

 

The Renault 5 E-Tech’s launch set for September 2024. Unfortunately, yet unsurprisingly and despite past rumours to the effect that Renault would return to North America, the electric R5 will not be sold here.

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault
2025 Renault 5 E-Tech electric | Photo: Renault

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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