Launched in April, the small Kwid E-Tech is already being sold as a pre-sale in Brazil for R$ 142,990 in a single version.
The range is 298 kilometers in urban use, according to the SAE J1634 standard, used by Inmetro. More than enough autonomy for the average daily journey in big cities.
With an electric motor, the Kwid E-TECH Electric is agile in urban traffic. Acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h takes just 4.1 seconds. In addition, Kwid E-TECH has the best energy efficiency index, of 0.44 MJ/km, among all electric vehicles in Brazil, according to Inmetro’s Brazilian Vehicle Labeling Program (table published on February 10, 2022).
Recharging the battery can be done in a grounded 20A domestic socket.
Another advantage is the economy of kilometer traveled, natural in electric vehicles, which in the Kwid E-TECH is also a result of the weight of only 977 kg. Translating into values: considering R$ 7.30 the average price of gasoline in capitals of the South and Southeast, according to the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), and the average value of 1kWh to R$ 0.66, the cost of one kilometer Kwid E-TECH is R$0.06. That same kilometer traveled costs R$ 0.48 in an equivalent thermal vehicle.
Complete, the Kwid E-TECH has six airbags, electronic stability control (ESP), ABS brakes with BAS (Braking Assist System), hill start assistant (HSA), reversing camera, rear parking sensor, multimedia system Media Evolution and electric steering, among other safety and comfort items.
In terms of appearance, the highlight is the large bumper, in addition to a separate optical set with LED daytime running lights (DRL) that extend to the grille, closing the visual set. A hallmark of electric vehicles, the front grille of the Kwid E-TECH is one-piece. Contemporary, it also has the function of housing the refill cap whose opening is activated through an internal command on the dashboard on the driver’s side.
The rear is marked by a robust bumper, which features elements such as a skid plate painted in silver and integrated reflectors.
The E-TECH identity is present on the side strips and on the back cover with the inscription E-TECH Electric.
With a panel with silver accents combined with gloss black, the Kwid E-TECH’s cabin is functional. The gear lever is replaced by a chrome-plated rotary control, with simple use in three positions: D (drive/forward), N (neutral/neutral) and R (reverse).
Standard items include 100% electric steering with variable assistance, air conditioning, central locking of the doors by button, front and rear electric windows, headlight height adjustment, speed limiter (with steering wheel), Media multimedia system Evolution and electrical adjustment of the mirrors.
The Media Evolution multimedia system offers a 7” touchscreen, smartphone mirroring compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB and AUX inputs. The steering wheel features the “push to talk” button, which triggers the command for voice recognition (via smartphone), allowing you to activate and command the smartphone’s iOS or Google assistant.