Overview – Renault Megane E-Tech EV60
The Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 is the manufacturer’s newest family hatch model, designed and built exclusively for battery power. It is one of many upcoming electric cars from various brands, all powered by the same platform. The Megane is a normal-sized hatch with a purpose-built structure that provides a roomy and well-stocked cabin. It is slightly shorter than most models, with a low centre of gravity, and has a 110mm thick battery. The design is more aerodynamic than a typical SUV, although there is a sporty version with widened arches.
The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is a stylish electric vehicle that makes a statement with its striking front-end design, sleek roofline, and two-tone color choices. It has a 160hp or 220hp motor, 60kWh battery, and a 292-mile range. It has a large boot at 440 litres, but its roofline compromises headroom in the back. We discuss the Renault Megane UK price separately.
Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 – Energy And Carbon Efficiency
The Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 has impressively low carbon emissions figures, with 79 gCO2/mi (49 gCO2/km). In comparison, the Ford Mustang Mach-E SR AWD has 108 gCO2/mi (68 gCO2/km), the BMW i7 xDrive60 has 104 gCO2/mi, the Volkswagen ID5 has 92 gCO2/mi, the Hyundai IONIQ 6 has 84 gCO2/mi, and the Jaguar I-Pace EV400 has 112 gCO2/mi. As such, the Megane E-Tech EV60 is on the low end of the spectrum for carbon emissions of any of these vehicles, making it an excellent choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact.
EV Engine, Power and Performance
The Megane is powered by a 160hp or 220bhp motor, a 60kWh battery, and DC rapid charging, with a WLTP range of 280 miles. The car is front-drive only, which gives it a larger boot capacity than the VW ID.3. Performance is lively and the steering is quick, while multi-link suspension provides a smooth and refined ride.
It can hook up to a 130kW rapid charger for a full charge in about 70 minutes, or a 7.4kW home wall box charger for a full charge in about 9 hours. It has a light and direct steering and soft-set suspension for a smooth ride, but its pillars and narrow rear window affect visibility.
Interior Comfort and Cargo Dimensions
The interior is comfortable and spacious, with plenty of storage space and a large twin-screen dashboard. It runs on the Android Automotive operating system, with CarPlay support for Apple users. The cabin is well-finished and the physical control systems are generous. The back seat space may be tight for taller passengers.
The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric has a two-screen dashboard with a 9-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch instrument display. It has ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, and a gear selector mounted on the steering column. The front of the cabin has useful storage areas, and the rear seat passengers have good knee room but not much headroom or space for their feet. The boot is large at 440 litres, but has a deep lip and no adjustable boot floor or ‘ski hatch’.
Infotainment, Tech and Connectivity
The infotainment system includes a large twin-screen layout and generous rows of physical controls. The operating system is skinned in a Renault-specific way, and Apple users can use CarPlay. The car is also connected to the Renault mothership for analysis of battery and owner behaviour.
The Megane has Google Assistant, Google Play store, and Google Maps. It also has wireless phone charging, a little star-marked button on the steering wheel to switch on or off multiple items, and a column stalk for the wipers.
The Megane is equipped with many standard safety features, including airbags, seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes. Additional features may be available depending on the trim level.
The Megane has a five-star safety rating, 85 per cent adult occupant protection rating, driver drowsiness alert, forward collision alert with emergency braking, cruise control with speed limiter, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and emergency calling.
Warranty Information – Renault Megane E-Tech EV60
The Megane has a three-year warranty with unlimited mileage for the first two years and 100,000 miles for the third year. The battery is warrantied for eight years and 100,000 miles. An extended warranty is also available for 12 months and 100,000 miles.
Final Thoughts – Renault Megane E-Tech EV60
The Megane is a desirable family hatch that is fun to drive and efficient on its battery. The range may be a compromise for some, but the interior is comfortable and well-finished, and the performance is lively. It may be a good choice for those who prefer conventional cars, but want the benefits of an electric vehicle.
|Model||Megane E-Tech EV60|
|Number Of Seats||5|
Estimated Energy Efficiency
|Efficiency (mi/kWh)||4.9 mi/kWh|
|Efficiency (km/kWh)||7.8 km/kWh|
|Horsepower||129 HP (131 PS) or 220 HP|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||10 seconds|
|Towing Weight||1100 lbs (500 kg)|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Fast Charge Power Max||129 kW DC|
|Fast Charge Time||30 min|
|Adult Safety Rating||85%|
|Child Safety Rating||88%|
|Date Of Availability||Since April 2022|
Estimated Carbon Efficiency (Grid/Country Dependent)
|USA||79 gCO2/mi (49 gCO2/km)|
|Iceland||6 gCO2/mi (4 gCO2/km)|
|Canada||17 gCO2/mi (17 gCO2/km)|
|France||21 gCO2/mi (13 gCO2/km)|
|Efficient Gas Car||272 g CO2/mi (170 g CO2/km)|
|Size (kWh)||60.0 kWh|
|Voltage (V)||352 V|
|WLTP Range (km)||470|
|Car Length||165 inches (4200 mm)|
|Car Width||73 inches (1860 mm)|
|Car Height||59 inches (1505 mm)|
|Cargo (Trunk or Boot) Volume||16 cu ft (440 L)|
|Frunk Volume||0 cu ft (0 L)|