With over 10 billion e-kilometres under the belt of 400 000 Renault EV’s globally, the French brand looks to expand their electric range with the introduction of the Mégane E-Tech. Said to merge “seamlessly with the digital ecosystem of its user” the vehicle offers a system called OpenR link which has been developed with Google and is based on Android Automotive OS. It also offers 26 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, bringing innovative safety systems and driver aids to its segment.
Unveiled at IAA Munich Mobility, the Mégane E-Tech is the first of Renault’s new generation of electric vehicles to be based on their new CMF-EV platform, also showcasing their new ‘Sensual tech’ design language with the brand’s new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo.
Equipped with intelligent charging capabilities, the Mégane E-Tech will be able to feed power back into the grid when needed thanks to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Other innovations include its construction – its upholstery is made out of 100% recycled materials which depending on the version can account for up to 2,2 kg. Additionally, a total of 27,2 kg of visible and hidden parts are made out recycled plastics. As such, 95 per cent of the vehicle will be able to be recycled at the end of its life.
Design wise, Full-LED lighting at the front and back of the Mégane E-Tech has been finely laser cut, providing ‘electrifying’ patterns that cross over to the central logo as a lighting signature.
The motor of the Mégane E-Tech weighs 146 kg – 10 per cent less than that of the Zoe, despite increase power and torque. Two outputs are available – 96 kW/250Nm, or 160kW/300Nm with a 0-100 km/h time of 7,4 seconds.
Two battery options are available – 40 kWh and 60 kWh which offers an impressive range of 470 km. The battery unit comes with an 8-year guarantee, during which it will be replaced free of charge should they deteriorate to less than 70 per cent of their nominal capacity. Fast charging is available, too, with 300 km of range available in just 30 minutes from a 130 kW fast charging station.
Interestingly, a QR code is affixed to the windscreen of the Mégane E-Tech. It is intended for rescue teams who, by scanning it when responding to an accident, can quickly recognise that it is an electric vehicle. This supplements the Fireman Access innovation which special access for rescue teams to utilise when trying to quickly douse a battery fire on an electric vehicle, allowing them to quench the flames in just 5 minutes as opposed to over an hour. A switch under the rear seats also allows for the battery to be disconnected from the vehicle.
Renault South Africa hasn’t confirmed availability of the Mégane E-Tech Electric for the South African Market.