Renault Megane eVision Show Car Introduces New CMF-EV Platform

Renault: The new Dacia Spring - the cheapest electric car in Europe - will be available for order in spring 2021

Renault M�gane eVision sporty EV concept revealed

Essentially a rebadged Renault City K-ZE, the new EV is being touted as the "lowest-priced electric city auto on the European market".

So, how much is it then? The company already makes a small electric vehicle known as Zoe. The Dacia Spring Electric is guaranteed for three years and 100,000 km and its battery eight years and 120,000 km. These include the company's signature front grille, a Y-shaped lighting signature for the taillights and an orange colour pack on the launch version.

For weight optimisation reasons, this version does not have a spare wheel.

Safety features are pretty comprehensive given the car's budget billing, with a speed limiter, auto emergency braking, auto headlights, six airbags and the ability to contact the emergency services all thrown in as standard.

However, to keep the price down, many items like manual air-conditioning, power-adjustable mirrors, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional extras.

The electric motor produces 217 HP and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, powering the front wheels and delivering a 0-62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in under eight seconds. Available at an affordable price with a driving range of 225 km (140 miles) WLTP, it promotes simplicity, reliability and robustness. For reference, the Renault City K-ZE (basically the same car) costs from the equivalent of $8,700 in China (after local rebates and tax credits have been applied).

Powering the Megane eVision is an ultra-compact electric motor good for 218 PS (215 hp / 160 kW). Charging takes five hours or 8.5 hours if you get a 7.4kW or 3.7kW wallbox respectively, and an 80% top-up at a 30kW charger takes around 50 minutes.

At the same press conference, Groupe Renault revealed the new Chinese-built Dacia Spring which it said will be "the most affordable new EV in Europe".

An arrival on the electric city auto market announced in March 2020 with the presentation of the Dacia Spring Electric show-car.

The first vehicle sharing editions will be available in white and light grey, this version will come with black PET seats (in stain-resistant artificial leather), front door and boot sills, front and rear floor mats, black grained handles and mirrors for greater durability and 14-inch Flexwheel wheels. The Spring Electric Cargo is aimed at tradespeople and "last-mile" deliveries, and features a plastic boot lining and a wire mesh partition. It offers a payload of 325kg and an 800-litre cargo space, plus air con, a radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity and fabric upholstery.

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