Renault eyes future mix of electricity and hydrogen

Renault plans to reinvent its Scenic model to accommodate a combination of electric and hydrogen technology that is designed to travel long distances with the minimum of hassle.

It’s been thirty years since Renault’s iconic Scenic made its appearance but little or nothing will remain to connect that MPV concept of yesteryear with the Scenic Vision of tomorrow. For starters, the Scenic concept vehicle is planned to run on a combination of hybrid and hydrogen technology and Renault claims a range of 800 kilometers will be possible. It will have, says the company, an energy footprint 75% smaller than a current electric car and will have technology capable of reducing accidents by 70% compared to the current one.

Renault also plans to use 70% recycled materials in the car, including steel, and ensure that 95% of the car can be recycled.

The inside of the future

The Scenic Vision will have a next-generation engine, a smaller battery and a fuel cell running on green hydrogen, and Renault says it may be unveiled within a decade.

There is also a 15 kW fuel cell to recharge the car during long trips and thus extend its range. By 2030, “once the network of hydrogen stations is large enough, it will be possible to drive up to 800 km, with the hydrogen tank capable of ‘refilling in five minutes or less’.

Renault says that the operation of the car’s systems is simple and efficient.

“It can be driven like a conventional electric vehicle, without using the fuel cell, on daily trips. When there is a requirement to travel longer distances, a route planner calculates the energy the fuel cell needs to supply to keep the battery charged.” longer. , so there’s no need to charge it on the road. The point of using the fuel cell on long trips is that it’s faster to fill the hydrogen tank than it is to charge the battery. This way there’s no need to charge the battery until the car reaches its destination.

When it’s cold, the hydrogen range extender also keeps the battery at the right temperature for optimal operation and extra range.

Renault Scenic Vision’s hydrogen-electric hybrid powertrain has all the advantages of electric motors: instantaneous acceleration, less noise and no vibrations. And without pollution, because the car only discharges water when you use it.”

A first all-electric version of the Scenic Vision is expected within two years. If things go according to plan with the development of hydrogen supplies, the advanced version will arrive before the end of the decade.

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