The Renault Megane eVision

This is the Renault Megane eVision, a new concept car previewing the latest in the line of the French manufacturer’s electric vehicles.

A nifty-looking machine, the eVision takes inspiration and details from the MORPHOZ concept car with (which was featured in Motor Trader in our July 2020 edition) and while the large wheels, body height and robust design are reminiscent of an SUV, the short overhangs and long wheelbase ensure a compact look.

On the inside, the eVision is set to showcase Renault’s LIVINGTECH technological ecosystem, designed to be an intuitive and smart interior environment.

Based on the company’s new modular CMF-EV (Common Module Family – Electric Vehicle) platform, the eVision features what Renault claims is one of the thinnest batteries on the market and an ultra-compact powertrain that provides for plenty of space inside.

Power comes from an electric motor delivering 160kW of power and 300Nm of torque, delivering acceleration from 0-100km/h in under eight seconds. The 60kWh battery is equipped with DC charging (up to 130kW), so there is decent range as well as fast charging capability.

The CMF-EV platform can, says Renault, accommodate a variety of vehicle bodies from sedans to larger SUVs and different modular batteries can be fitted vertically and horizontally. It is also modular in length, offering plenty of scope for vehicles with more powerful batteries and longer driving range. The platform is able to accommodate a second rear engine for more powerful four-wheel drive models.
Renault says that an innovative feature of the newly designed batteries is that they are structural and form an integral part of the car, helping to absorb energy in the event of a side collision.

The production version of the Mégane eVision is set to be introduced in the UK in 2022.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2020)

18 November 2020

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