Interior dimensions on the new 2022Megane E-TECH Electric are similar to those of the internal combustion powered Megane (length and distance between passengers) if not bigger (21cm of rear-passenger knee-room). Above all, the CMF-EV platform serves to enhance the car’s overall spaciousness and practicality: extended wheelbase, smaller engine compartment incorporating air-conditioning components, pared back dashboard, and so on. Thus, passengers can enjoy extra roominess in the center console and under the dashboard area. Moreover, interior space and comfort have been increased thanks to the absence of a drive-shaft tunnel (flat floor), gear stick and control panel usually integrated on the centre console.
The engine on the new Megane E-TECH Electric is brand new. Developed within the Alliance, it is utilised by the various partners with little to no modifications. Made at two different sites: in Japan for Nissan: and in the Cléon factory in France for Renault.
Known more specifically as the electrically excited synchronous motor (EESM), it has been consistently used by Renault Group and the Alliance for the past ten years and will continue to serve the brand in the future. It boasts better power output compared to permanent magnet motors and doesn’t require rare earth metals, thereby reducing the environmental impact and cost of large-scale production.
Thanks to its optimised design, the engine is compact and only weighs 145 kg (clutch included), that is 10% less than the engine currently used on ZOE, despite a marked increase in both power and torque. Each All-new Megane E-TECH Electric will be fitted with one of following:
* 96 kW (130 hp) and 250 Nm * 160 kW (218 hp) and 300 Nm
It offers all the joys of driving an electric car, in particular the instant acceleration, that is as dynamic as it is smooth (no jolting). It takes the new Megane E-TECH Electric from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds.
* 40 kWh for a range of 300 km (WLTP cycle) * 60 kWh for a range up to 470 km (WLTP cycle, depending on each version)
The 40-kWh battery is made of 8 modules of 24 cells each, distributed over a single layer. The 60-kWh battery consists of 12 modules of 24 cells each, spread over two layers. In both cases, the battery’s dimensions remain unchanged, including the record height of 110 mm. They come with an 8-year guarantee. In this interval, they will be replaced free of charge if they deteriorate to less than 70% of their nominal capacity.
The goal of the Megane E-TECH Electric is to offer customers balanced and optimized performance, at a reasonable cost. The different versions of the range cover most of the customers’ needs for daily use as well as one-off trips (weekend and holiday trips).
With these technologies, a journey between Paris and Lyon, Paris and La Rochelle, Hanover and Copenhagen or Munich and Venice only requires a single short charging stop of 30 min, with an optimized consumption of only 12,8 kWh/100 km (WLTP).