What is the actual range of the highway?

The first electric compact of a diamond maker, the Electric Renault Megane, seeks more versatility than ZOE. What is it worth on the highway? I was able to test the EV60 version on a long drive.

The new Electric Megane, a real event on the Renault planet, marks the beginning of a new era. With the first major electric launch since the release of ZOE in 2013 (except for the unobtrusive Twingo ZE), the Compact stands out both in its style and its unique platform. After the first test performed in the pre-series version at the end of 2021, here we again hold the handle to test this electric Megane on a long journey. One of the stations on the Ionity network, an opportunity to measure not only its consumption and autonomy, but also its fast charge capacity.

60kWh and 220hp

In terms of technology, there is no change compared to the model I got at the end of last year. Incorporating elements of the new CMF-EV platform from the alliance, our test model thus inherits the best configuration. It stores 160 kW (220 hp) of electricity and the engine is connected to a 60 kWh battery. In the WLTP mixed cycle, autonomy is announced at 450 kilometers. For charging, the maximum configuration is also possible. Called “optimal charging,” it combines a 22 kW in-vehicle charger with a combo connector that allows up to 130 kW of power.

As for the finish, it has an intermediate “techno” composition. Sandwiched between the basic Equilibre version and the finest Iconic, this model is a combination of two-tone bodywork, a 20-inch rim, leather and recycled fabric, used for upholstery and dashboards. increase.

Built-in google load scheduler

For long trips, you will find that Electric Megane is quite armed. It is the first model of the brand that integrates the new R-Link system and is natively based on the Android Automotive interface. Provided by Google, it benefits from both the various services of the American Giants, especially the Play Store with the addition of a route planner integrated with Google Maps. Developed from an in-house built database (long scrap life), it automatically creates a roadmap and defines a planned load stop for a particular route. Icing on the cake: Battery information is transmitted directly to the system. This allows you to adjust the scenario to suit your battery consumption and charge status.

Besides the integrated Google Planner, you can install other applications such as Chargemap and ABRP via the Play Store. Renault, on the other hand, couldn’t tell us if we could access the car’s data to refine our calculations.

drive

This first long-distance test of the Electric Megane departs from Marbella, the city of southern Spain where Renault hosts international tests, to Malaga, where the only ionity station in the sector is located.

For navigation, define a route directly in Google Maps. This also allows you to get an estimate of the level of charges you expect on arrival. If ergonomics and system liquidity are really at the top, you may notice some small bugs while traveling. For example, the car had to be stopped to be able to access the volume button adjustments again. A small flaw that the manufacturer should be able to fix, thanks to remote updates.

When it comes to driving assistance, the features this Megane e-Tech offers are very comprehensive. Therefore, lane keeping assistance is combined with active cruise control. It adapts not only to the car in front of you, but also to speed limits thanks to a system that combines panel reading and GPS data (those who aren’t afraid to lose points, turn off the setting option. can do). Unfortunately, when it comes to soundproofing, there’s a little too much aerodynamic noise.

300km autonomy on the highway? Yes, but …

By supporting an intermediate “comfortable” driving mode, Megane e-Tech proved to be particularly modest. After traveling over 250 km, the onboard computer announces an average consumption of approximately 19 kWh / 100 km. A hint of true autonomy on the order of 300 kilometers.

However, the conditions for this first test were ideal. The outside temperature is about 20 degrees Celsius, and no heating or cooling is used. In addition to this, there is the composition of the Spanish highway, which is limited to 120 km / h. In less favorable situations, such as winter or 130km / h, you need to rely on 230-250km when full. Probably a little tough for long trips.

Battery start 100%
The battery has arrived 11%
Moving distance 250km
Average consumption 19.2kWh

Fast charge: Peak 127 kW

To put the odds on our side, we started navigating to the Ionity charger. Beyond the guidance, this also allows cells from LG in South Korea to activate battery pretreatment, which shows an ideal operating range of about 40 degrees.

When you arrive at Casabermeja Station, north of Malaga, you have 11% of your energy left. When connected, the charging power quickly reaches 127kW. However, this value drops sharply as it is close to the 130 kW announced by the manufacturer. After 7 minutes, when the charge level reaches 33%, it falls below the standard of 100kW power supply.

Finally, it took 34 minutes to reach the 80% recharge threshold. The charging station reading is 45kWh, which is 2/3 of the capacity of the pack, and the charging power is 50 kW, which remains very high when charging is about to end. It’s a correct score, but the peak power is below the Tesla Model 3 or Kia EV6 / Hyundai Ioniq 5 duo over 200kW, which reduces the required downtime.

It will be dispensed to the terminal and the charging information will also be displayed on the instrumentation screen.

time Charge level Energy supplied Instant power
0 minutes 11% – – 127kW
7 minutes 33% 14kWh 99kW
10 minutes 39% 18 kWh 88kW
16 minutes 52% 27 kWh 70kW
20 minutes 58% 31 kWh 65kW
28 minutes 71% 39 kWh 57kW
34 minutes 80% 45 kWh 50kW

Megane e-Tech EV60 charging measures

In conclusion

Much more versatile on the highway than the Renault Zoe, the Electric Megane is probably a bit tougher for those planning long, regular trips. The problem is the radius of action, which rotates about 250-280 km on the highway, and the fast charge capacity, which imposes longer downtime than other models on the market.

In terms of price, the test model starts at € 43,200 excluding the techno mid-finish bonus and goes up to € 44,700 in the “optimal price” version. This is 3,000 euros more than the basic Equilibre version (40,200 euros).

Renault Megane e-Tech

  • Driving aid
  • Controlled consumption
  • Google planner

  • Aerodynamic noise
  • Small infotainment bug