MARBELLA, Spain -- The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric marks a series of firsts for the automaker.
It is the Renault brand’s first full-electric compact passenger car, launched this spring nearly 10 years after the Zoe small car's debuted.
The Megane is also the first major launch -- no matter what kind of powertrain -- under Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo, who took over in 2020 and is shifting the automaker’s focus to the compact segment and higher-priced cars from lower-margin small cars.
And it is the first Renault model on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s CMF-EV platform, which eventually is planned to underpin hundreds of thousands of cars a year. It will be the first full-electric passenger car built at Renault’s ElectriCity manufacturing cluster in northern France.
In yet another milestone, the Megane is the first Renault with infotainment functions built around the Android Automotive operating system, called OpenR Link. Renault says this allows for a more smartphone-like experience, with Google apps such as Maps, Assistant and Play built in to the system. Users can link to their own Google accounts, and Android Auto and Apple Car Play can also be used.