Renault Ireland has announced pricing for the much anticipated all new Megane E-Tech 100% electric. Pricing starts at €37,495 for EV40 versions featuring a 40kWh battery, and at €41,995 for EV60 versions featuring a 60kWh battery.
Megane E-Tech electric is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles built on the advanced CMF-EV platform, styled within the brand’s ‘sensual tech’ design language and the first model to wear the new ‘Nouvel’R’ logo. With an electric driving range of up to 450km (WLTP), all new Megane E-Tech electric also features a class-leading digital experience with a 12.3-inch dashboard display, 9-inch multimedia display, and Android Automotive OS with integrated Google services.
All new Megane E-Tech electric is a car of purposeful proportions. An extended wheelbase with reduced overhangs, a thinner-than-ever battery, and alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size combine with the high waistline and coupe-like styling to deliver a powerful stance that marries beautifully with its generous cabin space.
From the full LED lighting with exquisite laser-cut detailing and eye-catching new light signature, to the flush electric door handles that glide out automatically as the driver approaches, Megane E-Tech electric draws heavily on the world of high-tech and hi-fi design as a representation of a more technological age.
Six inviting colours are available – Ceramic Grey, Shadow Grey, Glacier White, Diamond Black, Ceramic Grey, Flame Red, and Midnight Blue – with the choice of a contrasting roof design in either Diamond Black, Shadow Grey, depending on model.
Electric by nature, all new Megane E-Tech 100% electric offers driver and passengers an obstacle-free environment with exceptional comfort and state-of-the-art technology.
Inspired by the world of fine home furniture, all new Megane E-Tech electric uses unusual or recycled materials to create a welcoming feel. The dashboard is topped with textile, while the seat upholstery on Techno models and Launch Edition is 100% recycled.
Powered by the latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with the 9-inch OpenR infotainment display to deliver an unprecedented connected experience.
Google’s Android Automotive OS provides access to Google Maps and Google Assistant as well as a host of applications offered through the Google Play store.
Standard on mid-range Techno models and above, the fully connected system also offers the ability to update the software over-the-air, delivering upgrades and improvements over time without the need to visit a dealership.
An innovative Google Electric Route Planner makes long journeys easy by planning an optimal route, suggesting charging points along the way and constantly updating the route according to energy use. The system will even warn the driver should a proposed charging station be out of order prior to arrival and its compatibility to the car.
Through the My Renault app, customers can maintain a permanent connection with their Megane E-Tech electric with a wide variety of functions, such as remote activation of air conditioning or cabin heating with no impact on vehicle range while still plugged-in, schedule charging times, pay automatically when using compatible charging stations, and more.
Powered by a choice of a 130hp motor with 250 Nm of torque (EV40 versions) or a 220hp motor with 300 Nm of torque (EV60 versions), all new Megane E-Tech electric takes the joy of driving an electric vehicle to new heights.
The new motor is particularly compact and weighs only 145 kg – 10% less than the previous generation motor currently used by Zoe – and doesn’t require the use of rare earth metals. EV60 versions are capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 7.5 seconds, but are also capable of remarkable efficiency, consuming just 16.1 Wh per 100km.
The battery is just as innovative. At only 110 mm – 40% smaller than the Zoe battery – it is the thinnest on the market, meaning the centre of gravity is lower (-90mm compared to Megane ICE) and the car is more agile. Weight is evenly distributed thanks to the battery being housed under the whole floor plate.
Megane E-Tech electric is capable of up to 450km (300km on EV40 versions) on a single charge, while recharging can be achieved in a variety of ways to suit the available infrastructure, from a simple domestic socket, a 7.4 kW Wallbox, public charging stations up to 22 kW, and even DC fast-chargers up to 130 kW (85kW on EV40 versions). The latter permits drivers of EV60 versions to add up to 300km of driving range (WLTP) in just 30 minutes.
SAFETY AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE
Megane E-Tech electric is fitted with a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as standard, from automatic emergency braking with junction assist that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, to emergency lane keeping assist with oncoming traffic and road-edge detection.
Traffic sign recognition, hill start assist, driver drowsiness alert, distance warning alert and cruise control with speed limiter all help to make driving easier and safer in the conditions we find ourselves every day.
Techno and above models also feature a new adaptive cruise control function that works in conjunction with traffic sign recognition to ensure the Megane E-Tech electric can automatically adjust its speed to match the prevailing speed limit.
The range-topping Launch Edition is equipped with a smart rear-view mirror that uses a camera located at the top of the rear window to display a real-time view of the road behind, giving an entirely unobstructed view regardless of passengers or cargo.
IRISH SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICING
Customers can choose from three generously-equipped trim levels – Equilibre and Techno, available with a choice of EV40 or EV60 powertrain, and a range-topping Launch Edition available exclusively with the EV60 powertrain.
Prices for customers, including the €5,000 SEAI grant, start at €37,495 for EV40 versions and €41,995 for the longer-range EV60 versions.