The Renault Scenic Vision has a unique hydrogen plug-in powertrain

Renault unveiled another idea to foretell its green, electrified future. It’s called Scenic Vision, and the design seems to be a bit borrowed from the angular and square-off design of the Renault 5 prototype concept. It also features a preview of the 2024 version of the ScĂ©nic MPV. But perhaps even more interesting is its plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.

To this day every hydrogen fuel cell car is effectively an electric car. Instead of just a battery, it relies on a fuel cell to generate electricity from hydrogen, which itself is stored in a tank. What Scenic Vision does is add a decent size battery that can be charged from the grid. This is a 40-kWh battery. Renault not only gives an approximate range in batteries, but the base Nissan Leaf has a 40-kWh battery and can go up to 150 miles on a charge for reference only. But for longer trips and faster fuel, the board has a 2.5-kg hydrogen tank with a 16-kilowatt fuel cell for additional power generation. The idea is that it allows the use of a smaller battery that weighs less and uses less material and energy in production, as well as maintains long-distance flexibility in relatively green fuels. And indeed, with hydrogen in the mixture, Renault claims a range of 497 miles (probably a little less on the EPA test).

How all this is kept, batteries and fuel cells are kept on the car floor. The hydrogen tank sits at the front, and the motor powers the rear wheels at the rear. It also happens to generate 160 kilowatts of power or 215 horsepower.

Renault Scenic Vision Concept Car

Renault also claims the use of recyclable content in Scenic Vision. It says 70% of the car’s components come from recycled products, including steel, aluminum and even carbon fiber from chassis that goes into side seals and hydrogen fuel tanks. The company further states that 95% of finished cars can be recycled later. In addition, there are plans to use batteries for other, fixed purposes after the batteries become unusable for the vehicle.

Although it is not about environmental benefits. Renault also focuses on security and technology, especially for the interior. Kaul’s large screen is enhanced by a number of customizable “widget” screens, each with its own function. The on-board facial recognition system, which unlocks the car, can adjust all these screens and other parts of the interior for optimal access and visibility for the driver. Other sensors monitor the driver’s driving style and provide advice on how to drive more safely and more efficiently, as well as warn of impending obstacles and dangers. It will monitor the driver’s health and awareness and do what it can to keep the driver alert And if the driver is unresponsive, the car can stop itself.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The powertrain seems fairly reasonable, but some more fancy interior design seems a bit distant. At the very least, the design is handsome. We would be interested to see the final product, even if it does not appear on the American coast.

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