The time of the Renault Scenic seemed to be coming to an end: the last sales hit, which established the compact vein segment in the 1990s, has recently found fewer and fewer buyers. Also, the last generation of the model was to leave the scene in the summer and it seemed that this would be the end for a family called Scenic. However, the French decided otherwise, relying not on the minivan format, but on the SUV format: this is exactly what customers are now demanding!
The new Renault Scenic Vision Concept is standard in size (4.49 m long and 1.9 m wide), but in an unusual SUV format. It was presented with a bold body design, a distinctive hood, increased ground clearance, and large 21-inch wheels. And the interior was filled with the spirit of futurism: numerous displays (about a dozen of them!), an oval steering wheel, separate seats for passengers, and even a door with a rear opening – that’s what space inside is like.
We should be amazed by the design, SUV format, interior. However, in the case of the Renault Scenic Vision Concept, the power unit is surprising: it is a combination of an electric car and hydrogen cells. The two technologies, which usually compete with each other in the “transport of the future”, actually work well together and complement each other favorably.
The technical part is based on the CMF-EV platform and the electric motor (160 kW or 218 hp), which is located behind. It is powered by a 40 kWh battery, not much according to today’s requirements. However, also note the hydrogen tank (a total of 2.5 kg of hydrogen) and electrochemical hydrogen cells: this is where the electric reaction of hydrogen and oxygen produces electricity.
Thus, the Renault Scenic Vision Concept is in most cases an electric vehicle: a medium-sized battery is enough for both daily city trips and small trips. And if you need to go far it will turn on hydrogen cells and provide energy. In total, the manufacturer promises 750-800 km of drive range: on a full battery charge and refueling the cylinder with hydrogen.
Such examples – a combination of electric car and hydrogen elements – have already been created, there are even small series cars. However, it was usually a commercial vehicle for certain conditions of use.
But in the case of the Renault Scenic Vision Concept, it is a fairly versatile car for a wide range of customers. Will this technology go into series production? We’ll see in the coming years because the Renault Scenic Vision Concept should become a production model by 2024.