It’s definitely coming to the UK, could be powered by a new form of battery chemistry and will cost from £17,600 to £26,400, says Renault’s chief executive about the new, all-electric R5 slated for 2023. Luca de Meo, Renault CEO and the man behind the successful relaunch of the Fiat 500 in 2007, says the R5’s “mission" is to democratise electric cars. “It has to be a car in that price range,” he says. “It should be simple, essential and accessible.” The retro-styled R5 will be based on the company’s CMF EV platform, which will underpin a host of new Renault and Nissan battery-electric models. At the heart of the plan is the Maubeuge-Douai factory, which built the original R5 between 1974 and 1981. The factory will form a keystone of Renault’s plan to produce up to 400,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in northern France with a supplier’s battery factories sited nearby. According to de Meo, talks are already taking place with battery suppliers.