Interview : la première Renault Mégane électrique taxi de France ?

Renault Mégane taxi électrique - Yoann Gaudence

Under 25 years old, Yoann Gaudence did not choose a Renault Mégane by chance for his taxi activity in Vienne. A fan of the brand, Alpine and Formula 1, he fell in love with this car, especially in red. Instead, he is more surprised by the switch to electric, when he initially thought of buying a diesel model. Portrait.

Megane EV60 Supercharger

Shown from 43,200 euros (bonus not deducted and excluding options) on August 9, 2022 on the Losange site, the model chosen by Yoann Gaudence is presented under the exact developed name of “ Renault Mégane e-Tech EV60 220 hp Super Charge Techno “.

This already means that your electric car today has the lithium-ion battery with the highest energy capacity for this model. Its 60 usable kWh, compared to 40 kWh at the entry level, allow the manufacturer to communicate in a range of 450 km in the WLTP mixed cycle.

This model is also the most powerful, with a wound rotor synchronous motor that develops, not 96 kW or 130 hp, but 160 kW (220 hp), for a maximum torque of 300 Nm. super charge indicates that, in a fast terminal, the load power can rise on paper up to 130 kW of power. But also that the machine received a 7.4 kW AC charger, unlike the Optimum Charge version mounted with a 22 kW device.

The Techno finish is mid-range. It brings, among other things, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome-finish glass, and rear overtinting and LED lights. Flame red metallic paint is an 850 euro option.

From the STMG ferry to the taxi seat

At almost 25 years old, Yoann Gaudence has been a taxi driver for less than a year. He may be the first in his profession to have chosen an electric Renault Mégane. If he wasn’t, he would probably be the youngest.

Apart from the fully autonomous models that circulate on a more or less experimental basis, are there Renault Zoé taxis in France? What about electric Kangoos? Is not safe. Our interlocutor could well be among the first to offer racing in an electric Renault with a lithium-ion pack.

renault megane electric taxi

Before I became a taxi driver, I navigated from right to left. In any case, it is necessary to be at least 21 years old to practice this profession. My STMG high school assigned me more to human resources. I spent time in college “, he comments.

I am the son and grandson of a truck driver. Which certainly explains why I love road jobs. I really felt it when I became an ambulance attendant. I talked a lot with taxi drivers. Then I passed the specific permission “, complete.

A very well made French car.

It is not with an electric vehicle that Yoann Gaudence began to practice his profession. ” I started with a 130 hp Peugeot 508 diesel from which I left quite disappointed. In electric, he had only tried, to discover, an e-208, not compatible in France with the taxi business. Previously, for my personal trips, I had owned a red Mégane which I very much regretted. “compare.

renault megane electric taxi

I had kept in touch with the Renault sales agent. He invited me to discover the new generation of this model. I found her really beautiful. And when I saw it in red, I fell in love. I first thought of buying it in diesel, but it was electric. I asked him if he agreed with the activity of the taxis. And I signed for a copy I received a few days ago. “, the Report.

He wanted to drive a very well-made French car. And then fuel prices are too high. It is also partly thanks to Automobile Propre and all the advice given in the articles that I was able to switch to the electric car. “, he adds.

Full of energy in Tesla

The taxi business is very diverse. In the city, it is possible to run many small errands during the day without adding a lot of daily mileage. I work in the field. I regularly accompany the people here to take them from their homes to the hospital or for their purchases. I also pick up travelers at the station to drop them off at the hotel. I often take the children to a care center, every day of the week and at the same time. “, details Yoann Gaudence.

And then I have last minute transport, sometimes with long trips. Since I started, my furthest one-way trip totaled 550 km, to drop one person north of the Paris region. With large amplitudes, I place my daily average in a range of 350-450 km “, calculates.

I recharge the car at home every night from a 7 kW wallbox. I’ve already experienced sudden stress while serving a last minute customer when I only had 15% battery power left. But I am lucky to have a Tesla station near my house, recently opened in Châtellerault with 16 steles. So I recover 40% of the capacity in 20 minutes “, he testifies.

The coffee offered to customers during possible refills

Many taxi drivers are worried about going electric. And yet the load is very fast and the operation of the terminals is intuitive. I have as much passion for technology as I do for cars, and I love my job as a taxi driver. Yoann Gaudence pleads.

renault megane electric taxi

I talk a lot with other drivers. For some, a car like mine is a no-no. First invoking the bad reputation of the Renault. And then because it is electric. But others reflect, remembering the diesel refueling of 120 euros every 2-3 days, when I spend between 9 and 12 euros to travel 400 km “, he opposes.

Now there are terminals everywhere on my trips, and I reach a consumption of 13.5-14 kWh/100 km. When I stop for 15-20 minutes to recharge while running, I offer my customers coffee. They appreciate this attention. Still, even with a diesel car, I’d just as well stop to stretch my legs and rest my eyes. “, he assures.

A car that challenges

Externally, the new Mégane defies and people turn around in its wake. The red color attracts. There is also the new logo. The other taxis and paramedics are curious and want to know about the car. Noticing the big screen, one of my clients was amazed. He thought that he was in a Tesla and that Renault could not offer that computer with Internet access. “, emphasizes Yoann Gaudence.

From the outside, the Mégane may seem too compact, even small. This is no longer the case when people board. They find that the available space is generous. At 440 litres, the boot can be a bit tight, but I can fit 3 large suitcases in it. “, he continues.

It’s a nice car. Passengers sit comfortably in it, including elderly people being transported for medical reasons, because the seats are at the proper height. It is much better than with the Peugeot 508 and the comfort is much better. When they realize that it is an electric car they are very surprised “, almost amused.

What positive?

In general, customers like young taxis that are modern. After having thoroughly enjoyed the trip in the Mégane, a woman in her sixties told me that her next car would be electric. I am often asked the same questions: Why are there no gears to change? Why is the car silent? How is it recharged? », reveals Yoann Gaudence.

Today, I only see positive things about the use of the electric Mégane for my taxi business. Maybe I will have negative points to go up after a longer period of use reflect

Ah yes, the search for charging points is not fine enough. If I ask for fast terminals, for example, I will not find only Ionity or Tesla stations. I will also have them installed in the parking lots of Lidl or Ikea stores. They are much less interesting to me and I would like to have the possibility of not receiving them in the selection that the application returns to me “, he waits.

renault megane electric taxi

It is vacation time for our interlocutor. You will discover your electric Renault Mégane even more by making long personal trips. Addressing particularly the Basque Country and the Paris region. This will serve you in his return to his professional activity.

Automobile Propre and I would like to thank Yoann Gaudence very much for his responsiveness, his availability, his sympathy and the time he gave us. We wish him a good vacation and that he continues to live his taxi activity in an electric car.

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