Renault first unveiled the concept of the Megane E-Tech at the 2021 IAA Mobility show. This new EV is the first Renault vehicle to be built on the CMF-EV platform to compete against cars like the Volkswagen ID.4 in the EV market. The Renault Megane E-Tech even looks similar to the ID.4 in the proportions that make it look like an inflated sedan that is almost a crossover but not exactly. The exterior design incorporates slim LED lighting, dual-color intakes at the front, a swooping roofline with a high beltline. The rear LED lighting offers a 3D-like effect, and flush door handles keep the profile clean.
The Renault Megane E-Tech will be offered in various trim levels with base models featuring 18-inch wheels upgraded to 20-inch for premium variants. The Megane E-Tech offers a single electric motor but with a choice of power outputs. The first option is a 129-hp and 184 lb-ft torque output or a 215-hp and 221 lb.-ft torque power option. The latter option allows the Renault Megane E-Tech to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.4-seconds and onward to a top speed of 99 mph.
The battery is sourced from LG and weighs 871 pounds. However, this lithium-ion NMC battery is less than five inches tall, making it thin and available in two different capacities. The first option is a 40-kWh capable of providing a claimed range of 186 miles, followed by a 60-kWh battery output providing an estimated range of 292 miles. According to Renault, 248 miles of range can be charged in eight hours using a 7.4-kW outlet, but if you use a 130-kW fast charger, that reduces charging time down to 30 minutes. The Renault Megane E-Tech is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2022.
For another EV, check out the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE.