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Renault cuts prices and increases specification of Megane E-Tech

Renault has reduced the entry price of its Megane E-Tech to its lowest ever level at the same time as expanding its standard specification.

The French firm has cut £500 from the price of all variants of its family EV, bringing then entry level evolution trim down to £33,995, with the techno trim now priced from £35,995 and the range-topping iconic starting at £37,995.

Alongside the price cut, Renault has made a heat pump standard across all versions of the Megane for the first time. It says the move is in direct response to customer demand, and should improve the everyday range of the car.

The heat pump recovers heat generated by the battery and the electric motor and uses this to help manage the cabin temperature, reducing demand on the car’s air conditioning system. Renault says that when the outside temperature drops below 10°C, the range of the Megane E-Tech can increase by up to 9%, while maintaining a comfortable temperature inside, thanks to the heat pump.

The techno and iconic trim levels also benefit from the addition of a 12-inch mutlimedia screen as standard and get contextual adaptive cruise control which can automatically adjust speed for corners or other changes in road layout.

As well as the heat pump, standard features across the range include automatic wipers and headlamps, automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and Arkamys audio system. Iconic trim keeps the Harmon Kardon audio system.

All versions of the Megane E-Tech feature a 217bhp motor and a 60kWh battery that offers a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge. Standard 130 kW DC charging makes it possible to recover 186 miles (a 10-80% charge) in just 30 minutes.

Several other brands have recently announced prices cuts to electric models, including Honda and Mazda, while Vauxhall has released new PCP deals bringing monthly price parity with petrol models.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of inews.co.uk, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.