What better than a pop icon to take electric cars into the European mainstream?

Renault 5 was a unique car renowned for its avant-garde design, versatility and fuel frugality. It addressed the challenges of its times for millions of families, responding to the oil shock, changing lifestyles, and the need for a second car. Carrying on this extremely modern heritage, Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a bold response to the societal and environmental challenges of our time – energy sobriety, sustainability and a small carbon footprint.

With its heart-winning design, electrical and digital features made for function and fun, and a circular production system that is both local and responsible, it has everything it takes to set the new standard in city cars for the energy transition.

Some products are magical. You don't need endless discussions; everybody always agrees on what needs to be done. And they just do it. There’s no inertia. When a company revives a car that left such great memories, they pour a huge amount of love into it. This is something that is always promising for the future, since it is recognised by customers. They can see the love that went into the car."

Luca de Meo, CEO Renault Group
Quote from the new "R5, an extraordinary story"


A new-generation car born of the Renaulution

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a car unlike any other. For Renault Group, it represents the Renaulution recovery strategy, as well as the industrial renewal and electric shift of its iconic brand.

Developed through innovative working methods, the production model has all the magic and charm of the show-car. It was developed in just three years, compared with the usual four. Packed with electrical and digital technology and entirely manufactured in France, it is also competitively priced, starting at around €25,000.

To achieve this result on the small, affordable city car segment, the Group drew upon its full range of expertise, and particularly that of Renault, Ampere, the Renault Group entity specialising in electric vehicles and software, and Mobilize.

For this project, the Group relied on its new multi-specialist organisation, set up to keep pace with technological change in this sector through an agile, innovative and efficient approach. For example, Ampere brought Renault an undeniable competitive advantage, with the rapid development of an original platform dedicated to small electric vehicles, along with a strong European industrial ecosystem. As a result, Renault is able to develop a new range of attractive electric vehicles, spearheaded today by Renault 5 E-Tech electric.

"Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a car unlike any other. Its release coincides with a major shift by millions of Europeans towards a new mobility which is electric, connected, and sustainable. It also triggered the transformation of Renault Group into a next-generation automotive company.

To develop this car in just three years in France, to the highest technological standard, all our decisions had to be disruptive, and our organisation as agile as possible. We were the first ones to make a bet on a 100% electric platform for a small European car, to optimise costs across the value chain, to relocate our industrial ecosystem... Only an iconic car could bring our teams together in this way and move the needle internally.

In the face of significant change in our industry, this car paves a new way for Renault. It’s at the heart of the battle to reinvent European industry against competition coming from the east and the west. With this vehicle we’re proving that production in Europe, in France really is possible!"

Luca de Meo, CEO Renault Group

The emotion inspired by the exterior design is mirrored inside. The driver receives a particularly warm welcome. Renault 5 E-Tech electric features a large 10.1" multimedia touchscreen with a bright, flowing interface. The graphic and sound design of the welcome sequence was developed in collaboration with the Ircam institute of music and sound and with Jean-Michel Jarre. The renowned artist, composer and author is a pioneer of electronic music with a passion for technology. He also developed the on-board soundscapes and the VSP (Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians), an external alarm emitted by the car at speeds below 30 km/h to warn pedestrians.

A new-generation electric platform, unique in Europe

To ensure that the production model delivers all the appeal of the show car presented in January 2021, the design, engineering and product teams worked together in commando mode as part of a reverse process ‘from sketch to street’. The design of a vehicle is usually adapted to the platform on which it is to be built. In this case, however, the engineers worked in reverse, developing the platform for the design that won Luca de Meo's heart: a resin mock-up created by the Advanced Design department. Renault 5 E-Tech electric is the first vehicle to be designed entirely on AmpR Small, the new Ampere platform dedicated to B-segment electric vehicles. This makes it a unique vehicle with real competitive advantages including a flat floor, long wheelbase (2.54m), optimised interior space and boot capacity (326 litres), lower centre of gravity and reduced weight (less than 1,500 kg). The AmpR Small platform has also brought economies of scale in many areas without compromising on the electrical components or technologies that are useful to customers. Through this disruptive approach, implemented for the first time, Renault was able to cut the development time to just three years.

Renault 5 E-Tech electric introduces a new AC bidirectional charger compatible with V2L (vehicle-to-load) and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technologies. This pioneering system is set to become widely used. It will make the vehicle a real player in the energy ecosystem through the services of Mobilize, feeding carbon-free electricity back into the grid. As a result, users will enjoy significant savings on their electricity bills.

Under the bonnet, the motor of Renault 5 E-Tech electric is more compact than the motors on Megane E-Tech electric and Scenic E-Tech electric, on which it is based. It remains faithful to Renault's preferred wound rotor synchronous technology. As it has no permanent magnets, it uses no rare earths, thereby reducing its environmental impact. Building on the experience of its predecessors in terms of durability, the motor will be available with three power ratings: 110, 90 and 70 kW.

Exceptional driving pleasure to encourage a preference for electric cars

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a versatile car, at home in the city or on the open road, thanks to its 11 kW AC charger, its 80 or 100 kW DC charger and its battery up to 52 kWh giving it a range of up to 400 km WLTP. A rarity in the electric city car segment, it can even tow a trailer, with a towing capacity of 500 kg.

Above all, it is superbly nimble, with its optimised front suspension and small turning circle. The multi-link rear suspension, borrowed from top-end market segments, delivers a level of roadholding and performance formerly unknown in this segment. All of which adds up to exceptional driving pleasure, with no trade-off in comfort.

This achievement demonstrates the excellence of Renault Group in the design and production of the small, lightweight, competitive and popular electric vehicles that are set to play an essential role in the electric transition of the automotive market.

An experience enhanced by technologies with human added value

Renault 5 E-Tech electric is a high-tech car packed with cutting-edge innovations, used intelligently to deliver a unique onboard experience with practical benefits for the comfort and safety of both driver and passengers. This functional mainstream approach to innovation is part of the DNA of ‘voitures à vivre’ by Renault, a brand that has always sought to make the best technology available to everyone.

Reflecting this approach, Renault 5 E-Tech electric is:


Renault 5 E-Tech electric features the latest generation OpenR Link system with Google built-in, along with over 50 apps and practical services such as integrating electric recharging in the planned journey.

Intuitive and welcoming

Alongside the connected services of Google, Renault 5 E-Tech electric is debuting Reno, the official Renault avatar, an intelligent, helpful and endearing travel companion. Developed by Renault to bring customers a more enjoyable and more intuitive electric experience, the Reno avatar has real personality. Designed to respond to user queries and commands (e.g.: "Hey Reno, schedule a charge for 8am tomorrow" or "Hey Reno, how can I increase my range?"), it gives the vehicle a relational signature that is full of empathy.


Sound comfort is optimised with the patented smart cocoon soundproofing system and an acoustic windscreen, a feature borrowed from further up the market. For thermal comfort, an economical heat pump saves battery energy.


At the cutting edge of safety, Renault 5 E-Tech electric features driving aids (ADAS) borrowed from further up the market, including intelligent adaptive cruise control that reads the road, and Active Driver Assist, a level 2 automated driving technology. It also includes innovative technologies to make the work of rescue services easier in the event of an accident (Fireman Access, Pyroswitch and QRescue). The new dynamic braking system halves the reaction time for automatic braking. Finally, the Safety Coach supports the driver in reducing the risk of accidents.


Charging is easier and smarter with Renault 5 E-Tech electric, thanks to the wide range of services provided by the Mobilize ecosystem: Mobilize Power Solutions to order through the Renault dealerships network a charging solution to be fitted in the customer’s home; Smart Charge to deliver smart home charging at a lower cost, and Charge Pass to access over 600,000 public charging points in 25 European countries with a single card. This system functions in hands-free mode at many compatible DC network charging points. Simply plug in Renault 5 E-Tech electric to initiate charging and secure billing without a card or code, thanks to the Plug & Charge function.