Renault Mégane eVision and Dacia Spring Electric unveiled today

Renault Mégane eVision and Dacia Spring Electric unveiled today
Renault Mégane eVision and Dacia Spring Electric

As expected, today Renault unveiled two new electric cars, the Renault Mégane eVision and the Dacia Spring Electric that will be on sale next year.

 

 

On the occasion of Renault eWays, an unprecedented event dedicated to the electric mobility of today and tomorrow, Groupe Renault is committing to carbon neutrality by 2050 in Europe and is unveiling two new electric vehicles:

  • Renault Mégane eVision: a dynamic compact hatchback for a new generation of electric vehicles
  • Dacia Spring Electric: the new Dacia revolution with the most affordable electric car in Europe

 

 

Renault Mégane eVision

Renault Mégane eVision

 

Renault Mégane eVision, a new electric compact hatchback

Renault presents the Mégane eVision show car and reinvents the model of the compact hatchback by combining the codes of the coupe and the SUV. 100% electric, this show car with an innovative style benefits from the brand-new platform CMF-EV dedicated to electric. An asset that allows it to move away from the traditional dimensions and codes of the segment to propose new lines and new proportions. The result is a hatchback with contained exterior dimensions and record habitability.

Nearly 10 years ago, Renault knew to go electric. This expertise now allows us to launch a whole new generation of electric models, of which the Mégane eVision is the symbol.

25 years after its launch, a new page opens for the Mégane.

 

Highlights

  • Length: 4.210 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.700 mm
  • Width: 1.800 mm
  • Height: 1.505 mm
  • Weight: 1.650 kg
  • Wheels: 20 inches
  • Tyres: Continental 245/40 ZR 20
  • Drive: Front-wheel
  • Motor: 160 kW (217 hp) and 300 N.m of torque
  • Charge: AC up to 22 kW, DC up to 130 kW
  • Battery: 60 kWh  – 400 V
  • WLTP range: 450 km
  • Seats: 5
  • Platform: CMF-EV (same as Nissan ARIYA)

 

 

This stunning electric car will basically be the more affordable version of the Nissan ARIYA and a great alternative to the very popular Hyundai Kona Electric.

 

 

Dacia Spring Electric

Dacia Spring Electric

 

Dacia Spring Electric, the new r-EV-olution from Dacia

Dacia presents its small trendy city car marketed since 2021: the Dacia Spring Electric. After Logan and Duster, Dacia Spring is about to revolutionize the market by making electric power accessible to everyone. Whether it’s individual, shared or professional mobility, Spring offers a simple, reliable and accessible solution.

With its disruptive SUV look, it is equipped with 4 real seats, a record habitability, a simple and reliable electric powertrain and a reassuring range. Light and compact, the Spring Electric can run 225 km in mixed WLTP cycle and 295 km in WLTP City, guaranteeing a high versatility of urban but also peri-urban use.

 

Highlights

  • Length: 3.734 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.423 mm
  • Width: 1.622 mm
  • Height: 1.516 mm
  • Ground clearance: 150 mm
  • Wheels: 14 inches
  • Turning radius: 4,8 m
  • Motor: 33 kW (equivalent to 44 hp) and 125 N.m of torque, limited to 23 kW in ECO mode
  • Top speed: 125 km/h, limited to 100 km/h in ECO mode
  • Charge: AC up to 6,6 kW, DC up to 30 kW (optional)
  • Battery: 26,8 kWh
  • WLTP combined range: 225 km (140 miles)
  • WLTP city range: 295 km (183 miles)
  • Seats: 4
  • Vehicle warranty: 3 years or 100.000 km (62.140 miles)
  • Battery warranty: 8 years or 120.000 km (74.600 miles)

 

 

Surprisingly this affordable electric car has automatic emergency braking (AEB) that is active from 7 to 170 km/h (4 to 106 mph). An important safety feature that the Renault Twingo ZE and the VW triplets don’t have.

In addition to the AEB, I’m positively surprised with the WLTP range and efficiency of the Dacia Spring Electric. I was already convinced that the range would be only 200 km.

 

 

Anyway, we still don’t how good price and availability will be in each European country. However, Renault does seem to be one of the few legacy automakers actually interested in selling electric cars.

 

 

More info:

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/news/renault-eways-en-route-to-zero-carbon-mobility-8d29-989c5.html

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/news/megane-evision-the-future-of-the-electric-car-08da-989c5.html

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/assets/the-renault-megane-evision-show-car-62ef-989c5.html?dl=1

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/news/the-all-new-dacia-spring-electric-the-electric-revolution-by-dacia-0be5-989c5.html

https://en.media.groupe.renault.com/assets/the-all-new-dacia-spring-electric-the-electric-revolution-by-dacia-c3b6-989c5.html?dl=1

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.
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Marcos Henz
Marcos Henz
13 days ago

(Brazil) I am very confident that Dacia Spring will be my first EV!
It shares the same platform of the locally expressive Renault Kwid, so there is great potencial for a local assembly. It would be truly amazing. There not a single EV being assembled here, so far.

nono538
nono538
13 days ago
Reply to  Marcos Henz

yes could be, why not. But not before 2025 I would assume…

Marcos Henz
Marcos Henz
13 days ago
Reply to  nono538

Yes… that would be a realistic estimation. I guess I will have to take good care of my VW Up, which will be 11 years old by then 🙂

graycrow
graycrow
13 days ago

This car is ruined by single phase onboard charger. This would limit charging rate to just 3.6 kW for most people, because 3P 16A sockets are much more common in Europe than 1P 32A.

Auric
Auric
11 days ago
Reply to  graycrow

Only in Europe, sorry only in the german speaking central Europe… the 3P system sucks, there is not a single appliance in a house that desperately needs 3P.

graycrow
graycrow
10 days ago
Reply to  Auric

Ok, only in Europe, but Europe is the main (if not the only) Dacia’s market. And, btw, I know about 10 words in German, yet I have I 3 phase socket. Maybe 3P sucks (I don’t think it is), but people already have 3P and the fact that Dacia ignoring it sucks too.

Lars
Lars
10 days ago
Reply to  Auric

Denmark is not part of German speaking central Europe, but we have three phase power here as well. You are actually not allowed to draw 32A from a single phase. We have kitchen equipment that uses two or three phase power.

famlin
famlin
13 days ago

Good news, hope these 2 vehicles hit the market soon.
I have a basic question: 
Renault Mégane eVision with Height: 1.505 mm is a hatchback
Dacia Spring Electric with Height: 1.516 mm is a crossover.
Its just 11 mm difference in height, at what height is a vehicle qualified as crossover. I believe 1.500 mm is a right threshold with a round #.

Anyway, why Spring has just 26,8 KWh battery, 225 km is a low range. At average price of $156 / KWh of battery, this 26,8 KWh battery should cost $4.180.
Will this BEV cost very low. Renault sees VW group coming closer to its leadership and hence rushing in to introduce these 2.

nono538
nono538
13 days ago
Reply to  famlin

Dacia Spring will come in 2021, but before as car-sharing. Target is to offer the most affordable EV on the market. The Renault MeganE Vision (most likely BCB project code within Renault) was supposed to be launched mid-2021. Most likely postponed to end 2021 as far as I know.

Maximilian Holland
Maximilian Holland
13 days ago

Specs for both are impressive, though the key pricing info remains to be seen. Thanks for this Pedro.

Rok
Rok
13 days ago

Pedro, great stuff as always. I agree that Renault seems to be very interested in EV, although it would not kill them to show those cars a little bit earlier. New Megane EV looks like a solid efficient car with decent weight and good drag coeff. (according to efficiency under WLTP). What is your take on the claim about the thinnest battery on the market? Could it be different packaging, CTP or even CTC system, new chemistry?

nono538
nono538
13 days ago
Reply to  Rok

I can say they will use NMC cells from both CATL & LG Chem. Battery packs on CMF-EV platform will be available with 40kWh, 63kWh and 87kWh.

Rok
Rok
11 days ago
Reply to  nono538

I assume NMC chemistry as well but if they claim to have the thinnest battery in the industry then difference has to be on pack level and probably has to do something with how TMS is build around the cells since they are the same as in many other cars. Or are we missing something?

Rodri
Rodri
13 days ago

The Spring falls too short for me, even the battery guaranty of just 120.000 km. Not active cooling I guess? A used Zoe is better value for money. The e-Up specs set the bar for me and the Twingo and Spring don´t reach it.
The Mégane is an EV without practical limitations which is great but its gasoline counterpart cost 15.000€ making it a hard sell. Renault is complying emission rules just with the expensive Zoe so what incentive Renault has to make investments and phase out ICE production?

Ricardo
Ricardo
13 days ago

Well, we already suspected this spring thing was going to be garbage. The only possibly interesting thing about it was price which… we still don’t know. 44 HP? Really? Not even 60? To me, this is clearly Chinese or Indian junk. It will have same active safety as a voiturette, some mandatory elements of passive safety and, admittedly, lots of style. Can’t think of any other reason why they would be selling it with such an incredible performance. We’re not Americans and we certainly don’t need 800 hp cars just to be able to merge safely (as some of them claim) but come on… City car indeed. Colour me very, very unimpressed. Is this the 10000 EUR car everyone has been talking about? Because it certainly doesn’t seem to me to be worth much more. Hope to be proven wrong. It’s not the amazing power per se that bothers me. It’s what I think it hides. No, seriously, will this even require a drivers license? Should Aixam be worried?

Freddy
Freddy
13 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

with 125kmh max speed it is a car…an aixam is limited to 45kmh as is the AMI from citroen.

This is a city second family car…. it is not meant as a sole family car (in my view), but as a secondary city boundaries car for people that usuallymake 50-100kms commutes… in this sense, if price targeted right, believe can be a winner… it can be the city car that the imiev triplets never were due to their obscene price (in Portugal official price still above 30KEUR)…

Yes its cheap, but as cheap as for instant the old nissan pixo (repranded suzuki) and many other cars that only target city customers… In this context even the DC charging as optional seem correct in my view if the car is priced between 10-14KEUR…

Ricardo
Ricardo
12 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

This is one of those cars you should not buy without testing, exclusively. I would be afraid of driving 125 kmh in this car without knowing it well, very well. I agree with everything you said, provided it does indeed cost the 10-14 (well, let’s make it 12) thousand Euro. But will it?

Chris hansen
Chris hansen
11 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

It’s like a v1.0 leaf