Renault expands its scenic vary with hydrogen

The look and proportions of the new Renault Scenic will not change before its launch. (Photo: Renault)

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 this You’ve pretty much outgrown the minivan. The last scenic landscape will soon be rolling in, and the larger, larger landscape will be extended.

Fans don’t have to be in mourning. 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 Parisian suburb, new landscapes have now dropped their covers. 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 electric cars today. 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 features of the combustion engine are not needed much longer. And since the flat battery cells are almost always hidden in the basement, the seating position is higher, which SUV enthusiasts can also accept.

95% of the scenic parts should be recyclable

No, the “Vision” study for 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. Combined with LED elements such as the eight individual floodlights at the front, which replace the well-behaved headlights hitherto. Many details will not make it real. This includes doors, which open in opposite directions according to the logic of the wardrobe, and therefore a central column should be dispensed with. crash test rules should be hardly survive.

The interior design 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 airbags that wrap around the occupants like a cocoon around the occupants.

Most important of these masterpieces is the serious intention to make the Scenic a truly “green” model. It’s about countless hidden materials and components that leave a large or less carbon dioxide footprint during their production. Examples include floors made of plastic recycled from milk bottles or plastic tubes, as well as all aluminum parts of Scenic. 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.

Fuel cell to recharge the battery

The technical data of the new Renault compact car is still largely classified. In the first step, he must use Megane E-Tech. So the base model will use a 40 kWh battery and 96 kW / 130 hp electric motor. 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 fear of range, and it’s still an argument for electricity deniers. The higher version should have a hybrid engine on board. Of course not a combustion engine like the current dual core systems. The Scenic will have a battery-mounted fuel cell on board that will produce 16 kW / 22 hp It is powered by green hydrogen from a tank under the front cover. 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. Should the hydrogen supply run out, refueling can be done in less than five minutes with the H2 pump.

Renault expects the network of hydrogen filling stations to become increasingly dense by the beginning of next year, 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. So 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, hydrogen energy can also be used to heat the battery temperature for a longer range. Engineers anticipate that the hydrogen tank will have to be refilled approximately every three hours. Upon reaching the destination, the parked vehicle is normally recharged using the wall box.

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