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Renault Megane E-Tech Electric: the vehicle specially designed to end battery fires

This will be the first 100% ‘Made in ElectriCity’ model, the new industrial center of the Renault Group and the European leader in electric vehicles.

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The Megan Renault has been a staple of the French automaker’s range since the mid-1990s, and the model has taken various forms, from hatchbacks to sedans, station wagons and even convertibles. However, it is fair to say that it has never looked like this. Debuting at the IAA Munich Motor Show on Monday, this Renault Megane E-Tech Electric shows that the future of the nameplate is not just an SUV, it is also an EV.

An example of an electric car with greater safety

The truth is that the underlying specifications of the Megane E-Tech are quite common, but this model features an interesting innovation that could illustrate a form of safer electric vehicles for brands everywhere. According to Renault, E-Tech has “special access for rescue teams to use” when working to put out an electrical fire.

Born out of a partnership between the automaker and French firefighters, Renault says it is possible to put out a battery fire in as little as five minutes compared to one to three hours it can take with most electric vehicles.

More information available to rescue teams

Electric vehicle battery fires, including incidents of thermal leakage from overcharging or damaged packages, have been very problematic for emergency workers as the fires burn extremely hot and are difficult to put out with conventional equipment. Even without a fire, the much higher voltage present in lithium-ion battery packs is a safety risk for first responders.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. / Photo: Courtesy Renault.

Related key features include a QR code on the windshield that emergency workers can scan to quickly access the vehicle’s safety plan, including where to safely cut the vehicle, as well as information on where the battery and bags are located. air. Finally, there is a battery disconnect switch located under the rear bank.

Renault exclusive electric platform

As for the rest of the vehicle, based on Renault’s new all-electric CMF-EV platform, the crossover shape of the Megane E-Tech was inspired by the Morphoz concept from last year. While this production model does not change shape like its showcar predecessor, the E-Tech Electric features a wide range of forward-thinking and sustainable technology, including an interior comprised of 100% recycled upholstery and vehicle mains charging. which will allow the Megane to return power to an owner’s home when useful.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. / Photo: Courtesy Renault.

The heart of the cabin is a New Open R infotainment architecture based on Google’s Android Automotive operating system (similar to newer Volvo and Polestar models). Top-tier models feature a 12.3-inch digital cluster as well as a 12-inch multimedia screen, but even the entry-level models have a 9-inch screen.

Two motors available for the Megane E-Tech Electric

Renault’s Megane E-Tech will be available with two powertrains, including a basic trim limited to just 130 horsepower, or is there a premium option with 215 hp and a still modest 221 pound-feet of torque, good for a 0-60-mph time of 7.4 seconds.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. / Photo: Courtesy Renault.

The model will be offered with 40 kilowatt-hour and 60 kWh battery packs, the former valid for 186 miles of range and the latter for a more robust 292 miles (certainly calculated on the most forgiving WLTP test cycle in Europe). Regardless of the pack size you choose, the Megane E-Tech can take advantage of 130 kW fast charging stations, replenishing up to 186 miles of range in 30 minutes.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. / Photo: Courtesy Renault.

Renault has not yet detailed when the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric will be available.

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