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What’s the best way to charge your Renault Megane E-tech Electric?

The rollout of the latest EV sensation by Renault – the Megane E-Tech Electric – is just underway. The carmaker’s first compact, all-electric hatchback comes in 4 versions to meet every need. So, how can you charge your Renault Megane E-tech Electric hassle-free? Let’s explore its features and the charging solutions available.

 

Technical features of the all-electric Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

What distance can the Megane Electric travel?

Before addressing the issue of charging, let’s check out the batteries and range announced by Renault. The battery of the Renault Megane Electric comes in 2 versions: 

  • 40 kWh, i.e. a range of 300 kilometres/186 miles (WLTP)
  • 60 kWh, i.e. a range of 470 kilometres/292 miles (WLTP)

Your choice will depend on your daily usage and needs.

What are the charging capabilities of the Megane E-tech?

Firstly, if charging an electric vehicle is a relatively abstract notion for you, please consult our numerous informative articles. Indeed, grasping the basics of charging will help you choose the right solutions in terms of your EV’s capacity. 

To start off on the right track, we advise you to begin with the power rating and charging time and the various types of connectors and cables.

Let us now turn to the chargers on board the Renault Megane Electric. Four options are available:

⚡️ EV40 Standard charge

Type 2 charger – 7 kW (AC)
This standard option is appropriate for low to moderate use with slow charging at home. In fact, this entry-level version doesn’t offer rapid charging. You therefore have to plug in for about 3½ hours to charge from 20 to 80%

⚡️ EV40 Boost charge

→ Type 2 charger – 22 kW (AC) and Combo CCS – 85 kW (DC)
This version is great for more intensive usage and more frequent charging away from home. The rapid charger is ideal to optimise charging time on longer trips. You should bank on about 30 minutes to charge from 20 to 80% in DC current.

⚡️ EV60 Super charge

→ Type 2 – 7 kW (AC) and Combo CCS – 130 kW (DC)
Through its longer range and high rapid-charging capacity, this version is best for frequent usage, including long trips. Indeed, a 30-minute top-up is all you need to recover a range of 300 km/185 miles.

⚡️ EV60 Optimum charge

→ Type 2 chargers – 22 kW (AC) and Combo CCS – 130 kW (DC)
Finally, as the name suggests, this option offers the best charging performance. It is designed for drivers who cover long distances with their electric vehicle every day.


How to charge your Renault Megane E-tech Electric at home

Standard household socket or Green’up heavy-duty charging point

With a standard household socket, the Megane E-Tech charger can take a power rating of 2.3 kW and charge from 20 to 80% in 10½ hours (40 kWh battery) or 15¾ hours (60 kWh battery).

Before plugging your EV into a standard household socket, you should ask an electrician to check your electrical installation to eliminate any potential hazards.

Installing a heavy-duty charging point like Green’up allows you to benefit from safer, slightly more rapid charging. You can reach a maximum power rating of 3.2 kW and charge your Renault Megane Electric from 20 to 80% in 8 to 12 hours depending on the battery on board.

Wallbox

If you have sufficient space and want to invest in a faster, safe option, a wallbox-type charging point is an ideal solution.

If you opt for a 7 kW wallbox, you can reach the maximum admissible power rating (AC) for the Megane Electric EV40 Standard charge and EV60 Supercharge. This means you need between 3½ and 5 hours to charge the vehicle from 20 to 80%

Need to purchase cables and/or charging points?  Please consult Mister EV’s charging solutions for the Renault Megane Electric made in France.


What about charging the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric at public charging stations?

If you don’t have a home-charging solution or are away on your travels, the Chargemap app locates the best charging stations in your vicinity for stress-free travel. You can use the Chargemap filters to display the charging stations best adapted to your needs, taking the  features of your Renault Megane Electric into account.

Examples of filters available in the Chargemap app

🔌 Quick tip: Remember to get a Chargemap Pass charging card to charge your Megane Electric on more than 600 networks across Europe.

Fast charging stations (AC)

On an everyday basis, charging your Renault Megane Electric at fast charging stations (7 to 22 kW) is the optimum solution. In fact, you are advised to avoid rapid charging every day in order to avoid premature wear-and-tear on the battery

If you plug in your Megane E-Tech (EV40 Boost charge or EV60 Optimum charge) at a 22 kW charging station, 1 hour’s connection is enough to recover a range of about 180 km/110 miles.

Rapid charging stations (DC)

Except for the entry-level version, rapid charging stations like  Ionity, Fastned and Electra are your best bets on long journeys in your Megane Electric.

As an example, at their respective maximum power ratings, Megane E-Techs equipped with a Combo CCS charger will only need between 20 and 30 minutes to charge from 20 to 80%.

Summary of the charging capabilities of the Renault Megane Electric

VersionAC chargerCharging time*DC chargerCharging time*
EV40
Standard charge
7 kW3h27
EV40
Boost charge
22 kW1h0685 kW0h19
EV60
Super charge
7 kW5h11130 kW0h29
EV60
Optimum charge
22 kW1h39130 kW0h29
* Charging times are calculated on the basis of a 20 to 80% charge at the maximum power tolerated by the vehicle.



Plan your long journeys by Megane Electric

If you want to go on an EV holiday on board your Megane E-Tech, the Chargemap route planner helps you prepare your journey!

Trip calculated in the Chargemap route planner

It suggests the best charging stops adapted to your Megane Electric all along your journey. It can be adapted to your wishes and preferences thanks to the route customisation features

As an example, let’s take a journey from Nantes to Bordeaux in a Megane Electric 60 kWh. In addition to setting your battery level and your peak speed, you can also add that you want to extend your charging stop to eat a meal. 

And if the charging station suggested doesn’t suit you, you simply display all the alternative charging points in the vicinity (by activating the ‘Stations’ button) and select a new one. The Chargemap route planner calculates a new route integrating this parameter.

If you have fallen for the new Renault Megane Electric (or are about to do so 😉), we hope we have given you some useful tips about the charging solutions available in this article. Give us some feedback in the comments: What you think of the new all-electric Renault hatchback?


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