Can the Renault Mégane E-Tech be the main vehicle of a household? This is the question we are going to try to answer in this file which will put it to the test of our major reference journeys in summer and winter alike. Let’s see where the Renault Mégane E-Tech stands compared to the others.
An electric vehicle is very suitable for the daily life of those who have a home charging solution, allowing them to drive at low cost and without constraint. If this description is indeed true in the vast majority of trips, it is no longer so for long trips that exceed the theoretical autonomy of the car.
That’s why we started this series of files on different connected cars, putting them to the test of our reference journeys. The Renault Mégane E-Tech will have a lot to do to place itself among the vehicles already examined, such as the Kia EV6 58 kWh, the Tesla Model Y Propulsion, or the MG MG4.
As usual, the rules are as follows: the start is at 100% battery, the finish at 20%, and the vehicle must be driven at the limit speeds. We will recall the characteristics of the vehicle (autonomy, battery, charging power) and compare them to the reality on the ground. Let’s see what the Renault Mégane E-Tech has in store for us on long journeys!
The characteristics of the Renault Megane E-Tech EV60
We select for this file the Renault Megane E-Tech EV60, which is therefore equipped with a 60 kWh battery, with a WLTP range of 450 to 470 kilometers depending on the configuration. We also have a buying guide to help you see more clearly in the range.
The maximum charging power allowed is 130 kW and a charge of 10 to 80% is announced at 37 minutes in ideal conditions by Renault. The Mégane E-Tech’s CCS Combo port allows it to navigate through all the fast charging networks available, such as Ionity, Fastned, Totalenergies or the Tesla Superchargers open to all.
As always, we are relying on the simulations of the excellent A Better Route Planner, which will be used to plan the routes, with the default reference consumption inherent in the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60.
In order to respect the rules of this exercise, we start trips at 100% battery, considering that you have to pay for this filling at the average price per kWh in France, currently at 0.17 euros. The 60 kWh then represent €10.20which must be added at the time of the balance sheet for each long journey.
The first big route corresponds to summer holidays from Orléans to Arcachon (530 kilometres), while the winter route starts from Caen and ends in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (850 kilometres).
For the summer route, the parameters indicated in A Better Route Planner are as follows: 25 degrees Celsius outside temperature, no wind, arrival at a charging station with 10% battery remaining, and arrival at destination at 20% . For the winter trip, it’s essentially the same, apart from the weather, where we chose a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
The balance sheet of the different routes
Almost an hour of charge for 530 kilometers
During this great summer trip that connects Orléans to Arcachon, two load stops are required. The first is carried out after 222 kilometers covered, for a duration of 38 minutes on the Poitiers Supercharger. At the current rate of €0.79/kWh for non-Tesla subscribers, this charge costs €36.50.
The second charge is on the Ionity network, this time for 18 minutes and a cost of 20 euros. In total, the time spent recharging is 56 minutes, for a price of 56.50 euros. By adding the cost of home charging, this journey of 530 kilometers therefore costs 66.70 euros. The estimated consumption is 219 Wh/km, which corresponds to a range of around 275 kilometres.
30 minutes charge every 150 kilometers in winter
The reference winter route that we use presents many challenges for electric vehicles. It combines three factors that have a big impact on range: temperature, speed and altitude gain. Thereby, don’t imagine getting close to WLTP autonomy cars that we consider on this route linking Caen to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc by 0 degrees: it is impossible.
With the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60, the greatest distance traveled between two charges is 166 kilometers on this reference path. Five charging stops are required to arrive at the destination with 20% battery, and total charging time is two hours and twelve minutes.
The different charging networks used, however, allow this trip to be made without difficulty, the density of available fast chargers being quite high. Tesla, Ionity, and even Kallista Energy are present on the course, making this trip quite doable, if we accept the constraints linked to the load.
A free charging station is currently available in Sauvigny-le-Bois, and there are other charging points nearby, including the Tesla Supercharger in Avallon, if this station is unavailable. In total, the costs related to fast charging vary between 93 and 129 euros, which gives a total price of the trip including the departure charge between 104 and 139 euros for 850 kilometers. Finally, the estimated consumption is 257 Wh/km, which corresponds to an average autonomy of 230 kilometers with a full charge in these conditions.
Consumption, cost of recharging and range
We summarize the costs and charging times (including home charging at 10.20 euros) in the table below. As we go through our examples, you will be able to see where the vehicle you are interested in is positioned in relation to the others on a similar journey.
|Vehicle||Summer ride cost||Summer ride charging time||Total summer journey time|
|Tesla Model 3 Drive||36 – 49 €||31 mins||5 h 09 min|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy||31 – 45 €||13 – 25 mins||4 hrs 56 mins|
|Kia EV6 58kWh||52 – 60 €||38 – 43 mins||5 hrs 30 mins|
|BMW i4||48 – 58 €||22 – 37 mins||5 hrs 11 mins|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5||72 €||36 mins||5 hrs 16 mins|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS||44 €||14 mins||4 hrs 48 mins|
|Tesla Model Y Propulsion||46 €||34 mins||5 hrs 30 mins|
|MG MG4 64 kWh||66 €||49 mins||5h 39min|
|Renault Megane e-tech EV60||67 €||56 mins||5h 40 mins|
|Kia EV6 77kWh||56 €||26 mins||5 h 07 min|
|Hyundai Kona 64kWh||61 €||58 mins||5 hrs 47 mins|
|Peugeot e-208||73 €||1 hr 13 mins||6 h 09 min|
|Vehicle||Winter trip cost||Winter ride charging time||Total winter journey time|
|Tesla Model 3 Drive||102 €||1 hr 42 mins||9:16 a.m.|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy||101.3 €||1 hr 02 mins||8:27 a.m.|
|Kia EV6 58kWh||120 €||1hr 54mins||9 h 59 min|
|BMW i4||147 €||1 hr 32 mins||9 h 08 min|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5||145 €||1 hr 29 mins||9:14 a.m.|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS||115 €||50 mins||8 h 03 min|
|Tesla Model Y Propulsion||120 €||1 hr 46 mins||9 h 42 min|
|MG MG4||109 – 141 €||2 hrs 23 mins||10 h 02 min|
|Renault Megane e-tech EV60||104 – 139 €||2 hrs 12 mins||9 h 49 min|
|Kia EV6 77kWh||143 €||1 hr 14 mins||8 hrs 54 mins|
|Hyundai Kona 64kWh||98 – 132 €||2 hrs 24 mins||10 h 01 min|
|Peugeot e-208||168 €||2 hrs 49 mins||10 h 59 min|
Is the Renault Mégane e-tech suitable for long journeys?
As you can see, the Renault Mégane E-Tech is quite capable of cutting the road, but you have to accept both frequent and long recharging. Indeed, with almost an hour of recharging for the summer trip, it is at the bottom of the table, behind the MG4, which is much less expensive.
Of course, it’s not a few extra minutes of charging that will allow you to make a decision on a particular electric car, but it’s interesting to see where the Megane E-Tech stands among the rest. And it is clear that she is not one of the good students.
In terms of travel costs, with 12.65 euros per 100 kilometers for the summer journey and 16.35 euros per 100 kilometers for the winter journey, traveling in a Renault Mégane E-Tech at current rates remains relatively expensive compared to other electric vehicles.
Indeed, the consumption flies away at high speed, obliging to reload approximately every 150 kilometers, which does not make it possible to keep a low enough cost over long distances. Some avenues of optimization may appeal to heavy rollers, such as the Ionity Passport subscription or membership at 12.99 euros per month at Tesla. In the first case, the commitment is annual, but at Tesla there is no commitment, and the subscription is reimbursed by the savings made by charging, as soon as more than 100 kWh have been recharged on the Superchargers open to all.
In concluding, we are forced to admit that even if the Renault Mégane E-Tech has many advantages, long journeys are not its strong point. Compared to vehicles offering similar autonomy on paper, it does less well in this exercise: the Tesla Model Y Propulsion or the Hyundai Ioniq 5 indeed make it possible to arrive at your destination more quickly. Finally, the MG4, which is considerably less expensive, loses only 11 minutes on the winter route, and is equal on the summer route. It remains to be seen whether these minutes lost on long journeys are decisive for you or not.