Renault has confirmed it will begin sales of an all-electric Megane in 2022, and has revealed the Megane eVision concept car that is claimed to be 95% of the way to the final version.
The electric Megane should arrive with a range of around 280 miles from its 60kWh battery that Renault claimed has been designed to be one of the thinnest batteries on the market to help packaging, with the “ultra-compact powertrain providing a more spacious interior”.
The 160kW electric motor equates to 217hp, making it one of Renault’s most powerful models of any fuel type, and the brand is quoting a 0-62mph acceleration time of under eight seconds.
“Thanks to our brand-new Alliance platform CMF-EV, we broke the rules of size, use, design and energy efficiency to imagine the Mégane eVision show-car,” said Luca De Meo, CEO, Groupe Renault.“We fully leveraged the potential of pure electric platform to re-invent the classical hatchback in an emotional way. With the thinnest battery on the market, a 4.21-metre compact body offering the roominess of a C-segment vehicle, The Mégane eVision is a masterpiece of packaging.
Renault described the Megane eVision as “the first in a whole range of electric cars that will provide a wider choice of vehicles to suit different uses more than ever before”. Smart-charging and vehicle-to-grid technologies are also to be deployed in Renault’s new electric vehicle architecture, as debuted on the Megane.
The brand has also confirmed that the Megane, Captur and forthcoming Arkana SUV-Coupe models will all get the company’s new hybrid powertrain already deployed in the Clio, while the Megane hatch will get the plug-in hybrid system launching next month with the Captur and Megane Sport Tourer.
Renault’s budget brand Dacia has also unveiled what it claimed is the “most affordable electric vehicle in Europe”, although it said there are currently no plans to bring the 140-mile range Spring Electric to the UK.