The All-Electric Renault Megane E-Tech Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

Renault Megane E-Tech
Price: £35,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 60 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 280 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Groupe Renault (Renault Group), is a leading player in the global automotive sector. Renault is now part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota. Renault is headquartered in France.

Renault offers both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for passenger cars and commercial electric vehicles. These include:



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The All-Electric Megane E-Tech Hatchback


Renault is in an enviable position, in that, few automotive manufacturers have the benefit of the learnings of an electric car like the all-electric Renault ZOE, which was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. Since then, over 400,000 units have been sold, with the automotive manufacturer gaining significant first-hand experience on electric cars, EV batteries and more.

The all-electric Renault Megane E-Tech has certainly benefited from the Zoe experience, and this is clearly evident in both the design and overall proposition of the EV. The family car has little in common with its predecessor, as Renault moves ahead to its next-generation of electric cars. The Megane EV is built on a dedicated EV platform (CMF-EV electric platform), also used by the all-electric Nissan Ariya SUV.

The Megane E-Tech family electric hatchback is available in one EV battery size: 60 kWh. This is an average EV battery size we have come to expect for small to medium sized family electric cars. In general, the larger the EV battery size, the longer the electric range. However, this is not the whole story.

The materials used, the ‘weight saving’ approach to design and manufacture, can all impact the efficiency and electric range of the vehicle. Bottom-line, in general, the lighter an EV, the lower the negative impact on the e-range. The Megane electric incorporates light weight aluminium doors. The EV weighs 1,636 kg.

Renault claims a pure electric range up to 280 miles (WLTP) on a full battery charge. Certainly an impressive range and a demonstration of the automotive manufacturer’s experience in EV battery development and improvement in design of the new generation of Renault electric cars.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower than the quoted range. For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that the real-world EV range is influenced by a number of factors. Some include: driving profile, weather conditions, road conditions, passenger load, tyre size and regenerative braking profile! For the pure electric Megane, expect a real-world range closer to 250 miles. Still, a very useful and practical EV range.

The manufacturer also offers a 3-phase 22 kW AC onboard charger as standard. However, as most homes in the UK are limited to single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 22 kW charging speed will only be for those with access to 3-phase EV charging at home, workplace or a public charging station.

Using a dedicated three-phase EV charger, like the 22 kW easee EV charger, the Megane electric car can be fully charged in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Charging at 11 kW, the EV will take up to 6 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge. Single-phase (7.4 kW) charging will take longer: 9 hours and 15 minutes. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight, at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper. We also encourage using solar energy to charge an electric car.

We discourage the use of a 3-PIN domestic plug for charging an electric car. It would take up to 30 hours and 30 minutes to charge the EV. We also encourage charging on a regular basis. This way, there is always available ‘electric miles’ and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Renault offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

The EV can be rapid fast charged up to 130 kW DC. Not the fastest, nor the slowest. But given the EV battery size, it is appropriate. The EV can be charged from 15%-80% state-of-charge (SOC) in 30 minutes. Put another way, it would take just 7 minutes to gain 30 miles!

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Megane E-Tech can deliver 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds. The electric car delivers a maximum power up to 220 hp and 300 Nm torque. The top speed of the EV is 99.4 mph. The EV also benefits from instant torque and incorporates regenerative braking with paddle shift levers.

The Megane E-TECH electric car offers up to 22 advanced assistance systems, to include: cruise control and speed limiter, smart rear-view mirror, rear parking sensors, front parking sensors, 360° view 3D camera, safe following distance warning, emergency lane keeping assist, blind spot warning and more. Also included are a 9” multimedia OpenR link screen and a 12.3” driver information display cluster.

The EV does not have a frunk (front storage compartment), but does offer up to 440 L boot space. Rear seats are a tight squeeze and the rear view impacted by the sportier exterior styling. The Megane electric hatchback has a sporty crossover styling blended with a hatch. It works well!

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. The Renault Megane E-Tech is available to lease via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire!


PROS CONS
Good electric range Cheaper alternatives available
130 kW DC and 22 kW AC onboard charger as standardRear view impacted by exterior styling
Appealing exterior styling Headroom and legroom for rear seats limited

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The All-Electric Renault Megane E-Tech (credit: Renault)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Megane E-Tech Equilibre (from £35,995)
Megane E-Tech Techno (from £38,495)
Megane E-Tech Launch Edition (from £39,995)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 60 kWh
Charging:130 kW DC Rapid Charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 22 kW AC (0%-100%: 3 hrs 15 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1505
Width (mm):2055
Length (mm):4200
Wheelbase (mm):2685
Turning Circle (m):10.56
Boot Space (L):440

Megane E-Tech
EV Battery Capacity:60 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):280 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 62miles):16.1
Charging: 130 kW DC Rapid Charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 22 kW AC (0%-100%: 3 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:99.4 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):160
Max Power (hp):220
Torque (Nm): 300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,636
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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