Bucharest Auto Show Launches 45 kWh EV For Under $30k USD


The Prime EV -

The Prime EV – 45 kWh EV, 500km (311 miles) range* for 25,999€

The Bucharest Auto Show is the national Auto show for Romania that takes place every year at the end of October.

This year there were several new EVs in attendance, but the most important being the launch of the Prime EV from Prime Motors.  Prime is a producer of customized energy-storage devices based on lithium battery technology, that now also has a motor division – Prime Motors Industry.

Editor’s Note:  While InsideEVs does make it to many (if not all) of the major auto shows in the world each year, the Bucharest show is not on our normal rotation, so we’d like to thank Andrei Gloaba for re-visiting the show for us this year and filing this report (check out Andrei’s 2013 report here).

Prime EV is a Romanian made EV, built on the same platform as Dacia Logan (Dacia has been a subsidiary of the French car manufacturer Renault since 1999).

Prime EV also features a base 11 kWh version for 14,999€

The Prime EV (which now suffers from a terrible naming coincidence with the Toyota Prius Prime – just try to google it) also features a base 11 kWh version for 14,999€

Prime EV has 3 battery pack options available: 11kWh, 22kWh or 45kWh, and a range starting from 125 km (78 miles) up to 500 km (311 miles) for the 45kWh battery option.  0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 9 seconds.

We assume an optimistic Euro/NEDC rating is at play, so probably once could expect around 300 km (186 miles) of real world range.  Still not bad.

The prices are: 14.999 euro ($16.325) for the 11 kWh model, 17.999 euro ($19.590) for the 22kWh and 25.999 euro ($28.298) for the 45kWh version, without any incentives. This year in Romania the incentives for EV have been as high as 6000 euro (more than $6.500). So, the cheapest version is effectively less then 9.000 euro or $10.000. Top speed is 160 km/h (100 mph) and 0-100km/h (0-62mph) is reached in 9 seconds (for the 45kWh version).

The charging inlet is Type 2, that supports 230V/32A (7.4kW) or for fast charging 400V/125A (50kW). The charging time could be as low as one hour with the bigger battery (45 kWh model), and only 20 minutes for the entry level model. The car comes equipped with all the necessary charging equipment standard so it could take such a high charge, all the electronics are located in front of the car, where the engine used to be.

The trunk space is NOT compromised by the bigger battery and there is no alteration to the car’s interior. The dashboard uses the same display to indicate the battery level and all the rest of the driver information. The car comes with the same safety features as the latest Logan model.

Under the Prime

Under the Prime

The main battery is placed underneath the car, and covered with a protected plate, other battery modules are placed in the same space where the gas tank was, and a few battery modules are in the front of the car for the best weight distribution. The batteries are manufactured in Romania, with the active material coming from Switzerland and Germany. The car comes with a 2 year bumper to bumper warranty, with 5 years warranty for the battery, and 200,000 km for the electric motor itself.

Other EV and hybrids present at the show were: Kia Soul EV, their new hybrid Kia Niro, BMW i8, Ford Vignale Hybrid, Volvo S90 Twin and Tesla (although unofficial).

Some of the other major plug-ins in attendance in Bucharest

Some of the other major plug-ins in attendance in Bucharest


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13 Comments on "Bucharest Auto Show Launches 45 kWh EV For Under $30k USD"

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Battery options of 11, 22 & 45 kWh with ranges of 78 to 311 miles. Maybe on a good day with a tailwind range starting at 78 kilometers {49 miles} to 311 kilometers {195 miles}.

300 km of range at that price is a solid accomplishment. I have ridden in Dacias and they were a bit of a rattle trap back in the early 90’s.
I have seldom been as terrified as I was riding in a Dacia 1300 in Bucharest traffic. The car threatened to fall apart and the traffic around me seemed to be circling my car for the kill.
This car looks to be a lot better built.

SInce Renault took ownership (~2000), they’re no longer the rattletraps of the licnesed-Renault-12-but-horribly-manufactured era.

They’ve been getting a lot of sales in Europe.

It’s not clear what the Renault/Dacia formal involvement in thsi project is… Given this wasn’t mentioned, there might not be any.

So assuming this car ever makes it West. If you are a 2 car family in France and have an old diesel to replace you could get a brand new short range EV for €5000. Not bad.

Great prices, finally.

“The charging inlet is Type 2, that supports 230V/32A (7.4kW)”
Strange, Renault offers 3-phase 400V (triangle voltage) = sqrt(3) * 230V AC (each phase against ground etc.) -> 400V * 32A * sqrt(3) = 22kW.


PS: Sorry, don’t know the correct English technical terms.

Perfectly intelligiable Notting, very good.

This is perfectly compatible with north america, and smaller british homes which only have 240 volt 1PH.

Seems rather like a Romanian Bolt for 1/2 price.

Makes you wonder why the other very large conglomerates can’t produce a vehicle as nice.

People criticize GM, but I think it is very nice they have released the 60 kwh Bolt.

With all the testing GM has done, I fully expect a totally flawless vehicle, similiar to the VOLT’s release both Generation 1 and 2 which have been totally flawless from the first vehicle.

“A Romanian Bolt for half the price.”
The 45 kWh version costs $28k USD, which is pretty close to what the Volt costs now and not far from what the Bolt will cost in a year.
The Dacia will have less than 200 miles of AER and it is a DACIA, for goodness sake. Admittedly Chevrolet hasn’t built a lot of good quality small cars until lately but the Volt proves that they can deliver a good small car at a good price.
The Bolt at $37k vs a shorter ranged, less capable Dacia at $28k is a no brainer.

Who cares man? This car is cheaper than a DIY kit that will go only 120 miles. The Romanians will sell you one that will go for twice as long, brand new shocks wheels etc. What do you want more?

Sounds like a Renault Zoe made in Romania.

It probably is. Dacia already uses a ton of stuff from Renault, so I`m pretty sure they used the motor and batteries from the ZOE or the Fluence ZE

They need to change that name ‘Prime EV’.
I just googled for it and got all sort of BS but no electric car.

Are they LHD and/or RHD? Could be a good Leaf replacement in UK of they have RHD, given Bolt will not be RHD.