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2024 Renault Megane E-Tech electric car Australian pricing confirmed, order books open for the French Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV rival

Renault Australia calls the Megane E-Tech’s arrival the start of the “local Renaulution”.

Renault Australia has confirmed pricing and opened the books for the first electric version of one of its iconic badges, coming in as a small SUV.

Starting from $64,990 before on-road costs, the Megane E-Tech is the brand’s first model to land in Australia that’s built on the electric CMF-EV platform.

One of its closest competitors, the Kia Niro EV, starts from $66,590 before on-roads, while the upcoming new Hyundai Kona Electric is yet to be priced.

It comes as the first step of the “Renaulution” in Australia - the brand’s portmanteau of Renault revolution in reference to its electric car strategy.

Renault claims the EV has a driving range of 454km under WLTP testing, calling it “one of the most efficient electric vehicles available in Australia”.

Its 60kWh battery powers a 160kW/300Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels, and allows a 0-100km/h run in a claimed 7.4 seconds.

Importantly, the E-Tech’s drivetrain is claimed to use “an electric motor containing no rare earths”, while its battery is “one of the thinnest on the market” according to the brand, allowing a low centre of gravity.

Renault says the E-Tech meets some ambitious environmental targets with 90 per cent of its components recyclable and more than 28kg of “recycled plastics and fabrics are used in the dashboard, centre console, headrests and floor mats”.

Renault claims the Megane E-Tech has a driving range of 454km under WLTP testing.

“The Renault Group has a global target of 33% of all materials used in vehicle production to be recyclable by 2030, and the company to be carbon neutral by 2040,” the company adds.

Inside, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster combines with the 9.0-inch multimedia screen feature as the tech headliners, with wireless charging and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all included.

The Megane E-Tech received a five-star Euro NCAP safety score, suggesting its Australian score could match up at ANCAP.

CarsGuide has contacted Renault Australia to confirm local delivery timing, though order books for the Renault Megane E-Tech are open now.

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