You come across an electric vehicle that just can't be ignored every once in a while. Renault's new Mégane eVision is just such a car.
"This dynamic hatchback features one of the thinnest batteries on the market and a new ultra-compact powertrain offering more roominess. Its sophisticated features and the lighting signature accentuate the modern look of the car, which breaks the existing codes of electric vehicles when it comes to use, size and design, as well as energy efficiency," says the car's press release.
The car also marks the debut of a new CMF-EV modular electric platform designed in partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi. The novel chassis has its electric motor and other parts like the air-conditioning system placed under the hood. This means there is space for the car to have a flat floor in the cabin and plenty of rear luggage space.
The car also features water-cooled battery packs of 60 kWh. However, don't let that fool you! The hatchback's DC charger (up to 130 kW) allows for faster charging times and the car features a low profile that can get the most out of each battery charge.
The vehicle will also run a 160 kW (217 horsepower) motor and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque which means it can reach 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint times in under eight seconds. Its production model is set to be introduced in 2021.
“Thanks to our brand-new Alliance platform CMF-EV, we broke the rules of size, use, design and energy efficiency to imagine the Mégane eVision show-car. We fully leveraged the potential of pure electric platform to re-invent the classical hatchback in an emotional way," said Luca De Meo, CEO of Groupe Renault.
"With the thinnest battery on the market, a 14 feet (4,21 meters) compact body offering the roominess of a C-segment vehicle, The Mégane eVision is a masterpiece of packaging! We took our 25-year best-seller and took it to the future. Mégane eVision reinvents Mégane, and Renault reinvents Renault. This is just the beginning; a whole new generation of innovation-packed electric vehicles is to come."