Renault today unveiled the Megane E85, the first Renault bioethanol (E85) cars on the European market. The new model is available on both hatchback or estate versions powered by a 1.6 16v engines. Prices start at €18,550 for Mégane Hatch and €19,150 for Mégane Sport Tourer, just €200 more than for the standard 1.6 16v versions.
The new ecological and economic alternative of the Megane will be available starting the end of June. It will be the first bioethanol-compatible vehicles in Europe, in the form of Méganes powered by a 105 hp 1.6 16v engine running on E85 fuel.
Renault made a few modifications to the current 1.6 16v petrol engine so it will automatically adapt to this type of fuel. Main upgrades were to the fuel tank, injection system and combustion chamber. The new vehicles were developed with input from expertise developed in Brazil, where Renault has been selling FlexFuel versions of Clio and Mégane, running on bioethanol E100, since 2004.
The new releases should be seen against a backdrop of French tax incentives for clean vehicles, with full exemption from company car tax over eight quarters for passenger cars registered after January 2007, and partial or total exemption (depending on the region) from regional vehicle registration taxes for cars running on bioethanol E85.
Renault considers biofuels to be one of the most effective solutions in the long-term quest for control over CO2 emissions. Biofuels are ecologically effective, as a diversified, renewable, plantbased energy source. And they are economically effective because the cost of developing compatible engines is reasonable, and the cars therefore affordable. Biofuels will also be helping to cut down energy dependency on fossil fuels.