Renault Twingo: how many kilometers to make the electric version profitable?

Renault Twingo: how many kilometers to make the electric version profitable?
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Thirty years old, the Twingo is resisting. Its sales in France are not looking good but it still owes its reprieve to an electric version which seduces 7 out of 10 buyers. Logical, because it is fairly quickly profitable against the thermal version.

As it celebrates its thirtieth spring in 2022, the Renault Twingo is no longer the star it was a few years ago. It must be said that Renault has not bet much on it in recent years, to the point that its future is seriously threatened.. At least in the current form, that of the pocket city car. Concrete proof of this voluntary disinvestment, the range of engines is now reduced to a trickle. Anyone wishing to acquire a Twingo now has no choice but to opt either for the SCe 65, or a 100% electric E-Tech variant, the TCe 90 having bowed out two years ago.

A Renault Twino ZE that is doing well

Amid sluggish sales, the Renault Twingo is doing more or less thanks to its “clean” version, which represents 70% of sales (4,200 copies between January and April 2022)! It must be said that the small Diamond chip, made for very short journeys, has no trouble converting to “zero emissions”. But if the principle is attractive, the economic reality is not necessarily there. Like all electric cars, making the Renault Twingo profitable depends on your annual mileage. To find out which motorization suits you best, we have done all the calculations, taking into account the price of energy (electricity and gasoline) as well as the respective consumption of the two versions.

Once the CO2 bonus has been deducted, the Renault Twingo ZE is displayed at €18,450, i.e. €2,850 more than the SCe 65. It is this small difference which considerably lowers the mileage necessary to make the investment profitable. Because if we talk about consumption, the thermal version is really sober while its electric counterpart is not a reference, in particular because of an on-board charger which swallows a lot of energy when recharging, as on the Renault Zoe. In fact, depending on the price of fuel, it takes between 34,000 and 47,000 km to amortize the purchase of a Renault Twingo ZE. As usual, we do not take into account the cost of car maintenance, which would only increase the speed of profitability of the “ZE”, but depend on the seriousness of motorists.

The measured fuel consumption of the Renault Twingo SCe 65

  • City consumption: 6 l/100 km
  • Road consumption: 5.4 l/100 km
  • Highway consumption: 6.4 l/100 km
  • Average fuel consumption: 5.8 l/100 km

Compare the real autonomy of the best electric cars according to our standardized measurement cycle. Battery capacity, consumption, autonomy, we tell you everything!

The real autonomy of the Renault Twingo ZE

  • Autonomy city: 160 km
  • Autonomy road: 128 km
  • Motorway range: 100 km
  • Average consumption, charger included: 21.7 kWh/100 km
  • If fuel at Twingo ZE made profitable at
    If fuel at€1.70/litre Twingo ZE made profitable at46,977 km
    If fuel at€1.90/litre Twingo ZE made profitable at39,437 km
    If fuel at€2.10/litre Twingo ZE made profitable at33,982 km

NB: we take as a reference an electricity price of €0.174/kWh

Published on 05/28/2022 Updated 05/28/2022 François Lemaur and the editorial staff

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