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Renault’s range of EVs

A lot can change in a decade, especially in the world of motoring. Only 10 years ago electric cars were still seen as a bit of a novelty with quirky vehicles like the Renault Twizzy quadricycle capturing the headlines, or Fluence with limited range. The French marque then introduced the highly successful Zoe hatchback soon after that broadened the appeal of electric motoring. Now it’s the turn of one of its most established nameplates to go all-electric for the first time.

The Renault range continues to offer the more compact Renault Zoe hatchback – a model that has been continuously improved over the years. While the current model has been discontinued, we’re eagerly awaiting the new 5 EV model. The new variant is due to have retro styling evoking memories of the Renault 5 hatchback launched in the 1970’s. The interior is also inspired by the original 5 with some of the dashboard elements and seats featuring styling cues from the classic model.

The new 5 is due to offer a range of 248 miles and will be available in some eye-catching colours, such as yellow and bright green. Deliveries are scheduled to start early 2025 – watch this space!

The all-new Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is the first of Renault’s ‘traditional’ lineup to drop the petrol pump in favour of a plug. While this design sports some bold SUV-inspired styling, it retains the proportions of the traditional family hatchback. As popular as SUVs are, Renault’s compact models are better suited to urban environments and offer greater efficiency.

When it comes to motors and batteries, the Megane keeps things simple with a single 60kWh option producing 220bhp. On a full battery it will cover up to 280 miles and when plugged into 130kW rapid charger the Renault can recoup 186 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

In addition to its chic modern appearance on the outside, the Megane’s interior is impressive. Seating five in comfort, high quality materials have been used throughout for a premium feel. Technology is also a big part of this cabin with a large digital driver’s display and responsive touchscreen infotainment system. In fact, the latter features advanced anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings to keep this display crisp. The infotainment system also hosts integrated Google Services such as its world-renowned Maps function.

Speaking about the car’s onboard technology Renault’s Design Director Gilles Vidal said “We have been able to work with the best to provide accessible and user-friendly applications, thus offering an enhanced connected experience. Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Play Store are all embedded into this system.”

If you’re looking for a stylish family car with plenty of space and excellent range that won’t break the bank, the new Renault Scenic should be on your shortlist. This sharply styled SUV builds on the success of the Megane E-Tech hatchback, just on a larger scale. With a range of up to 379 miles on the 87kWh battery model, there’s ample range for even the longest of trips. Capable of rapid charging at 150kW, a 10-80% zap can be completed in just 45 minutes. The Scenic was also winner of the European Car of the Year 2024, so definitely one to consider.

For those not quite ready to make the jump to full-electric, Renault offers its Captur compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid with a 32-mile electric range

Many Tusker customers are already enjoying a Renault EV via its salary sacrifice scheme. One affordable monthly payment encompasses the vehicle, maintenance, and insurance. EVs also benefit from lower BIK rates and running costs.

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