DR 1.0, the electric city bus challenges Dacia Spring

DR 1.0, the electric city bus challenges Dacia Spring

DR 1.0

Unfortunately for consumers, the electric car market offers very little choice in the cheapest range and nowadays, if you want to buy an electric car for less than €20,000, the choices are very limited; in addition to the much talked about Dacia Spring which in recent months has been able to sell in fair quantities, the small DR 1.0 is also on the market today, a direct cousin of the Chinese Chery eQ1 and the Molise brand's first 100% electric proposal.

DR 1.0 is 3.2 meters long, a good 50 centimeters less than the 3.73 meters long of Dacia Spring: this is a fundamental detail on a city car like this, especially if you use it in urban centers where parking becomes increasingly a very rare commodity. The line is modern and functional, with a rear part that without too many frills runs almost vertically to the ground, so as to further simplify maneuvers.

There is room for 4 people on board and in the back there is still room for a decent 110-litre boot, a volume that can go up to 630 liters by folding down the rear seats. There is no shortage of technological details that are now indispensable, such as compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which can be used on a 9.7-inch touchscreen display positioned vertically in the center of the car's dashboard; the tech package is completed by a digital instrument panel dedicated to the driver and a slot for wireless charging of the smartphone.

Finally, the engine, with limited power and range but absolutely suitable for city use: starting from an permanent magnet synchronous motor with 61 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque positioned on the rear axle, powered in turn by a 31 kWh capacity battery pack. For the moment we can only rely on official data which speak of a range of 210 km on the WLTP cycle, which can be close to 300 km on the urban cycle; the maximum speed is indicated in 120 km/h, while the 0-100 is covered in 17 seconds. The battery pack is recharged in direct current up to 40 kW and takes 35 minutes to get from 20 to 80%, while in 4 hours you can get full current with a 6.6 kW line.

DR 1.0 starts at 25,900 euros but thanks to the various state incentives, including the scrapping incentive and the 1,000 euro extra bonus offered by DR, the small 1.0 can be purchased for 19,900 euros.