March 24, 2023

While Renault is due to launch new electric versions of the 4L and R5 in 2024, the diamond brand is announcing a new partnership with R-Fit, a company specializing in retrofitting. Indeed, the company now offers a complete kit to transform its 4L or its thermal R5 into a 100% electric model.

R5 electric
Credits: R-Fit

As you know, Renault began its energy transition several months ago. In particular, this involves the gradual electrification of its fleet. In this regard, the diamond brand has undertaken to sell only electric cars in France by 2030.

To reach this goal, Renault has decided to concentrate the production of its electric cars in Francemore specifically on the sites of Douai, Maubeuge, Ruitz and Cléon.

As you may know, among the new models announced will be revisited electric versions of the legendary Renault 4L and R5. We have already had a preview of this R5 2.0 with the presentation of the Renault 4Ever Trophy concept car at the last Paris Motor Show in October 2022.

Renault and Retrofit bring two cult models back to life

But that’s not all, since Renault also intends to give a second life to its cult cars in a completely different way. Indeed, the French manufacturer has just announced a new partnership with R-Fit, a company specializing in retrofitting.

For the uninitiated, Retrofitting consists of replacing the internal combustion engine of a vehicle with an electric motor and thus having a zero-emission vehicle at a lower cost. The two companies have already collaborated in the past by offering a complete retrofit kit for the 2 CV.

4L electric
Credits: R-Fit

Your old 4L can go electric from €11,900

This Thursday, January 26, 2023, Renault and R-FIT are therefore renewing this association to launch transformation kits for the 4L and the R5.With the arrival of the 4L in its range thanks to an exclusive partnership with the diamond brand, R-FIT has definitely established itself as the key player in the electric conversion of old cars with a potential of hundreds of thousands of rolling cars.“, writes the company in a press release.

Regarding the 4L, only certain specific models are eligible, namely:

  • 4L GTL
  • 4L Savannah R112 800
  • 4L Savannah R112 C00

According to R-Fit, the 4L kit includes a brushless type electric motor air-cooled synchronous, which allows to obtain performances similar to those offered by the original engine.

Furthermore, since the electric motor is directly installed on the original mechanical transmission, users retain the original 4-speed manual transmission. According to R-Fit, the batteries used offer a range of 78km. In exchange for €11,900 requested for the kit (reducible amount thanks to the conversion bonus), R-Fit obviously takes care of the complete transformation of the vehicle, the tests and approvals in force, and offers a 2-year guarantee for the replacement of parts and 3 years for the batteries.

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R5 electric
Credits: R-Fit

A taste of the new R5 thanks to the R-Fit kit

Concerning the kit intended for the R5, it is currently in the process of homologation and its launch is not expected before September 2023. Regarding the price, we will also have to wait a bit and wait for an official statement from R-Fit.

Again, only specific models of the R5 are eligible, namely the R5 TL or GTL with 3/5 doors (type 139 700 and type 122 700). The services are similar:

  • removal of all thermal elements
  • supply and installation of all kit components (preservation of the 4-speed manual gearbox)
  • Tests and approval (registration certificate provided after validation)
  • 2 and 3 year warranty for parts and batteries

Note that for both vehicles, the recharge will be done in 3h30 on average via a standard 220V or Type 2 socket using an adapter offered as an option.

Source : R Fit

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