The recently unveiled new Renault Megane E-Tech EV features not only stunning great looks but also a highly advanced and digital environment via large L-shaped in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system. LG has partnered with Renault to create and holistically blend the system into the Renault Megane E-Tech.
The software powering the new Renault OpenR infotainment system measuring 12 inches in portrait format (1,250 x 1,562 pixels) and the 12.3-inch driver’s instrument cluster is Google Android Automotive. It is the first software developed by LG utilising Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) that uses a set of principles and processes to assist large organisations to adopt agile methodologies to develop and deliver high-quality products and services faster.
Google Automotive Services (GAS) has also certified LG’s Android-based IVI system as the first system based on Android 10. Users in the Renault Megane E-Tech will be treated with intelligent services and easy access to various Google apps including Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play via the large 12-inch central display.
“Our new IVI system not only meets but exceeds the growing demand for stable, advanced and user-friendly automotive software platforms. Through continuous innovation and collaboration with expert partners such as Renault, LG is committed to delivering differentiated in-vehicle experiences and further strengthening our position as a solutions provider for the global auto industry,” said LG Vehicle Component Solutions, President, Dr Kim Jin-yong.
As an innovative partner for future mobility, LG’s Vehicle Component Solutions has earned a reputation as a global top-tier supplier of IVI systems and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that reflect the very latest developments and trends in mobility. The company has also ventured into advanced lighting technology with the acquisition of ZKW Group as well as a joint venture with Magna International to create the LG Magna e-Powertrain.
Apart from the in-vehicle infotainment system, LG also partnered together with Renault in using a new lithium-ion NMC (Nickel, Manganese, Cobalt) battery chemistry technology to achieve the compact dimension that is 40% smaller than the battery in the Renault Zoe. The efficient battery pack also benefit from a new liquid cooling system that includes die-casted aluminium tubes.
Buyers next year will have the option to choose the battery capacity with the larger 60 kWh offering a driving range of 470 km, while the smaller 40 kWh model offers up to 300 km. Via a high-capacity 130-kW DC fast charging station, a WLTP-rated range of up to 300 km can be seen after 30 minutes of charging that is available with the large 60 kWh variant.
The Renault Megane E-Tech electric will be delivered to new owners in Europe from the second quarter of 2022.