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The Romanian company Metalplast presented the Dacia Duster Electric – according to EVmarket, the first Duster with an all-electric powertrain. The transformation of the crossover took more than two years and 150 thousand euros (about 14.6 million rubles). The prospects for the project are unclear, and such a Duster cannot even drive on public roads, since it needs to be homologated.

The “green” Dacia Duster was intended as a test car for parts from the Metalplast company, which makes custom plastic for tuning. The crossover received large bumpers, extended wheel arches hiding large wheels, enlarged sills, a diffuser and a plug in place of the radiator grille.

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The basis was a second-generation Duster with a diesel engine, which was supposed to go to the landfill. Instead of a 1.5-liter engine, it was equipped with a 215-horsepower unit from the Nissan Leaf, reducing the overall output to 60 percent. From zero to 100 kilometers, a 1,700-kilogram electric cross can accelerate in only 11-12 seconds. The restyled Duster with its original diesel engine required 10.2 seconds.

The updated Dacia Spring, nicknamed the “mini-Duster,” has been presented. The all-new Duster: photo of the basic version with a minimum of options. An inexpensive and stylish tuning kit has been prepared for the Renault Duster.

The crossover is equipped with an air suspension and a 55-kilowatt-hour battery from the Volkswagen ID.3, on a full charge of which the crossover can travel up to 350 kilometers. It is charged from an AC device with a power of 22 kilowatts. It is not specified how long charging will take.

When moving into the third generation, Duster got rid of the diesel engine, but has not yet received a purely electric option. It has only hybrid systems, including E-Tech – the most powerful option in the range based on a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine. It is criticized for noise and problems with the brakes, but is praised for better handling and comfort, as well as for the price: the top version of the Romanian crossover costs 28.1 thousand euros, or 2.8 million in rubles.

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