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Longtime Renault fans associate the landscape name with success. Scenario It was she who founded the highly successful and versatile van segment in Europe in the mid-1990s, and quickly became a leader in its class. 30 years after the first successful scenic concept (world premiere in 1991 at IAA Frankfurt), the French are now once again conjuring a study out of a hat with Scenic Vision, whose name alone is a commitment to innovation and success.
It starts with the revolutionary drive train, which for the first time delivers hydrogen with a 15 kW fuel cell plus a 40 kWh battery and electric motor. With this mix, you can fill up on hydrogen if you want to go fast and away – then charge the battery overnight. Renault offers such an electric vehicle that can be refueled at the same speed as a normal combustion engine if necessary.
5-minute charging pause for a range of 800 km
So if you start in the Scenic Vision with a full battery, you should be able to cover a range of over 300km. If you use hydrogen as a driving source, you will have to stop for about five minutes to refuel at a distance of about 800 km, although the battery capacity does not exceed 40 kWh. Thus, Renault responds to the criticism of many electric skeptics who are upset about the long charging stops at electronic charging stations on long trips.
In everyday life and for shorter distances, the scenic view must be transmitted using only power from batteries. Once you enter a long distance into the navigation system, the route planner calculates the usage of the two power sources in such a way that you don’t have to charge the battery while you’re driving, but only have five minutes to stop hydrogen refueling. Intelligent: The hydrogen range extender heats the batteries at lower temperatures in order to increase their efficiency.
Renault Scenic Vision is based on a base model of the platform currently in development and designed specifically for this dual-driving concept. The 2.5 kg hydrogen tank is located under the front cover, The electric motor comes with 218 hp (160 kW) from Megané E-Tech Electric It is positioned on the driven rear axle. The fuel cell itself is installed behind the battery.
The series starts in 2024, but without hydrogen
However, it will take some time before the architecture goes into serial production. Also because combining hydrogen, electric and battery fuel cell engines is still very expensive. Optics are different. The exterior design of the crossover anticipates an electric vehicle that will be launched in 2024 and will be based on the CMF-EV platform. After all, the French automaker wants to sell only pure electric cars in Europe by 2030.
And because Renault wants to be CO2-neutral in Europe by 2040 and worldwide by 2050, the scenic view is made up of 95 percent of recyclable materials, including the battery. Typical car batteries are 60 percent decarbonized, affecting both the materials and energy used in production. By 2030, Renault aims to have 33 percent of the content recycled by weight in all its new cars. This is also reflected in the fabrics of the futuristic interior of the Scenic Vision.
If the Scenic was a successful cause of the compact truck segment three decades ago, it can now achieve fame and glory again – as a pioneer in the new hydrogen and battery electric drivetrain.
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