Renault Scenic Vision: electrical study with hydrogen reserve
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The new Renault Scenic is still a vision. However, the manufacturer has already revealed some details: there is one thing about driving and surprises.
The Renault Scenic debuted 26 years ago, and it’s for families who need space and enjoy traveling in comfort thanks to a better overview than regular limousines. He became a role model for many others, such as the Opel Zafira or the Volkswagen Touran. Meanwhile, the SUV boom has largely outpaced these pickup trucks. The last scenic landscape will soon be rolling in, and the larger, larger landscape will be extended.
However, there is no need to grieve for the masses. At least the name will be preserved, but in the future it will decorate the car that has nothing in common with the original. In a suburb of Paris, Renault has now pulled the canvas from the scenic “Vision,” a study of the new car. In two years, it will be Renault’s fourth electric car, after the Twingo, Zoe and Megane E-Tech models. It follows the basic shape enjoyed by many new types of electric vehicles today.
Range up to 800 km using fuel cells
The technical data of the new Renault compact car is still largely classified. In the first step, he must use Megane E-Tech. The base model will have a 40 kWh battery and a 96 kW / 130 hp electric motor on board. Renault has not yet revealed whether the more powerful Megane version (60 kWh battery, 162 kW / 220 hp) will also be available in the Scenic.
Surprisingly, however, is a new technology that aims to make the switch to an electric vehicle palatable to skeptical customers. It’s about the fear of range, and it’s still an argument for electricity deniers. The higher version should have a hybrid drive on board. Of course not a combustion engine like the current dual core systems. The Scenic will have an onboard battery-mounted fuel cell producing 16 kW/22 hp and will run on green hydrogen from a tank under the hood.
The electricity generated in this way is not used directly for the motor, but is only responsible for recharging the battery. Renault wants to extend the electric range of the 40 kWh battery up to 800 km. If the hydrogen stock runs out, in less than five minutes H2Refuel at the petrol pump.
Hybrid version of Renault Scenic from 2030
Renault expects the network of hydrogen filling stations to become increasingly dense by the beginning of the next decade, and therefore wants to launch the hybrid landscape only then. To do this, however, the existing platform must be adapted to the new drive concept. The electric motor moves to the rear, so the car gets rear-wheel drive. The idea: On day trips, the Scenic is no different from other electronic cars, as it draws its power from the battery.
Before a long flight, the navigation system calculates how extensively the fuel cell is used as a backup power source. In cold weather, the battery can be heated with hydrogen for a longer range. Engineers anticipate that the hydrogen tank will have to be refilled approximately every three hours. When you reach your destination, the parked car is recharged using a wall box.
Landscape doors open in opposite directions
Whether it’s a Volkswagen ID 3, Hyundai Ionic 5 or big brother Renault Megane E-Tech: the new Golf class shines with a long wheelbase, wheels installed on the outside and a well-ventilated cabin, because many of the generating attributes of the combustion engine are no longer necessary. . And since the flat battery cells are almost always hidden at the bottom of the chassis, the seating position is higher – which SUV enthusiasts can also accept.
No, the “Vision” study of the new scenic car has nothing to do with the future production car. But the silhouette and proportions won’t change much until it’s edited. A burly man, whose whole appearance represents a new kind of sport, which no longer depends on more and more horsepower, but wants to express modernity through the sometimes rough bodywork on the sides and rear.
The design is combined with LED elements such as the eight single spotlights at the front, which replace the previously well-functioning headlights. Many details will not go into the series. This includes doors, which open in opposite directions according to the logic of the wardrobe, and therefore a central column should be dispensed with. They are unlikely to survive the crash test rules.
The floor is made of recycled plastic
The interior with the semi-rectangular control yoke is currently more for show without reference to reality. The many small additional screens are intended to provide information that can be grouped into a central screen. Also new are the airbags that wrap around the occupants like a cocoon.
Most important of these masterpieces is the serious intention to make the Scenic a truly “green” model. It’s about the countless hidden substances and ingredients that produce more or less carbon dioxide2Leave an imprint. Examples include floors made of plastic recycled from milk bottles or plastic tubes and all landscaping aluminum parts.
The same is true for 95 percent of the steel used. In total, 70 percent of recycled or renewable materials are used. The goal is also to recycle 95 percent of the parts at the end of the scenic life.