Most Americans are not familiar with the Dacia brand, and Dacia, which is now a subsidiary of Renault, is determined to change the situation. Known for building low-cost vehicles for emerging markets, Dacia is bringing to the U.S. an electric version of its Logan pickup.
The two-seat truck will be assembled in Romania and distributed in the United States by the former Chrysler dealer Des Moines Motors, based in Iowa. Claimed to have an electric motor designed in the U.S., the pickup is capable of 260 miles on a single charge and can carry 2,000 lbs of cargo.
The U.S.-spec Dacia Logan electric pickup will be badged as an Electric Motor Car (EMC) and will be priced at $33,950, which is about three times the cost of a regular Logan. According to Gene Gabus, owner of Des Moines Motors, a van and a station wagon will eventually join the pickup model to complete the line-up.
Gene Gabus plans to distribute the electric truck in 28 states. The Dacias are currently avaialable for test-drives and pre-orders, but customer deliveries are expected to start in three months.