Renault launches new e-car range as EV sales boom
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If ever there was a good time for manufacturers to be ratcheting up production of more eco-friendly cars, the current climate it is it. French car manufacturer Renault is leading innovation in the EV sector, and 2021 is going to be no exception. They have announced a new Mégane eVision range, their first electric SUV car.
With production beginning in 2021, the eVision range is expected to become available to consumers by 2022. The models will come with a 60kWh battery which Renault claims will be the thinnest and most aerodynamic on the market. Renault intends for the models to be charged on DC up to 130kWh and AC up to 30kWh.
2021 likely to be a bumper year for EVs
Renault’s announcement is well-placed, as 2021 is expected to an exceptional year for the EV market. Pressure group Transport & Environment claims sales of EVs have surged despite COVID-19-related disruption to supply chains. The electric car sector is expected to treble its European market share this year alone, to 10 per cent of total sales.
Even General Motors’ Hummer range is seemingly catching onto this trend. Hummers might not sound like the most eco-friendly of cars, but GM has just unveiled the new Hummer EV, their first electric-only pick-up. This could help Hummer shed the image of being a gas-guzzler for good.
Meanwhile, Tesla is trying to push the boundaries in all things EV. Just last month, they announced they were working on tabless EV battery cells that would have six times’ more battery power. Such innovations are the tell-tale signs of a booming industry.
Renault is in pole position to help drive this boom, as the manufacturer has managed to sell EV models in large numbers since 2013. Models such as the Zoe, Kangoo ZE and the Twizy were instrumental in making Renault one of the great EV success stories.
— Groupe Renault | Electric (@GroupeRenaultEV) February 3, 2015
The news gets even better, as Transport & Environment (T&E) expects this year’s EV surge to spill over into 2021. By next year, they estimate the European electric car share will rise to 15 per cent. However, what T&E called “lax EU targets” could risk causing electric vehicle sales to lose momentum by 2030.
Government grants help EVs get on the road
One of the major incentives which helps ensure that the new generation of electric cars can get on the road is government grants. WhatCar estimated that new drivers of the Renault Mégane eVision range are likely to benefit from a grant of at least £3,000, so long as the vehicle’s listed price is below £50,000.
By WhatCar’s estimates, the eVision models are more likely to be priced closer to £26,000; this would position it between the Kadjar and Koleos models.
The government’s grant on electric cars is part of a broader discount available for a wide range of low-emission vehicles given straight to dealerships and manufacturers. Such incentives go a long way towards helping the UK meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.