Renault has finally unveiled the much-anticipated “hydrogen-powered” concept at Summit ChangeNOW 2022, which is surprisingly adopting a cynical nameplate. The Renault Scenic Vision is radically different from all its predecessors, an SUV-style body with a hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender.
The highlight of the concept is H2-Tech technology aimed at reducing downtime related to charging and carbon footprint. The powertrain has an electric motor that produces 215 hp (160 kW / 218 PS), a range-extender hydrogen fuel cell that produces 21 hp (16 kW / 22 PS) and a 40 kWh battery. This hybrid setup allows the car to carry twice as much light battery for the same range. According to Renault, Scenic Vision has a 75 percent smaller carbon footprint than conventional battery electric cars.
In addition to the fancy powertrain, Scenic Vision is a testament to Renault’s focus on eco-friendly mentality and sustainability. More than 70 percent of the materials used in vehicles are recyclable, of which 95 percent are recyclable.
The concept has a bigger footprint than the Megan E-Tech and it previews a production model that will be unveiled in 2024 – probably the fifth generation of Cynic. It will have a more conventional battery electric powertrain, probably based on an expanded version of the CMF-EV architecture that will be widely used by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.