Totalcar – Magazine – Showcased a brand new hydrogen-electric car called Renault, Scenic

There have been rumors these days that Renault will stop production of the Scenic minivan, but it looks like the name will be recycled. At least this is indicated by the introduction of the company’s latest electric-powered study car under the name Vision Scenic.

However, the familiar name means something completely different than before: the Vision Scenic, the kind of high-rise but low-bodied passenger car like the Mégane E-tech Electric, is just a lot bigger than that. In addition, the 4.49-meter, 2.835-meter wheelbase is not only reminiscent of an electric Mégane in nature, but also has eerily similar elements in its drive. Such is the 40 kWh Li-ion battery – this is the case with the cheaper version of E-tech Electric – and the 218-horsepower electric motor, which in turn may be familiar from the more expensive electric Méganes.

This combination may seem a bit small for the Vision Scenic, but in addition to the electric drive, a 16kW fuel cell has also been installed, increasing the range available to 800km.

According to Renault, the carbon footprint of a fuel cell hybrid propulsion system can be as much as a quarter that of a purely electric car with the same range, of course when used with so-called green hydrogen produced from renewable energy.

According to the factories, the exterior of the Vision Scenic – characterized by sharper-angular features compared to the current Renault style – is a forerunner of a new family model to be completed by 2024. However, it is not clear whether it will also have a hydrogen-powered range or battery-only electric drive.

It is also questionable whether solutions such as side-facing side doors, a seated airbag system, or an aircraft-style steering wheel will go into series production. Such solutions usually disappear at the latest in the cost-optimization phase of development, and based on their shape and nature, the series Electric Scénice can be expected to be intended for a wider audience and not an expensive, small-series top model.