Renault presents Scenic Vision with fuel cell plug-in technology

Renault presents Scenic Vision with fuel cell plug-in technology

Renault has unveiled the Scenic Vision compact concept car with fuel cell plug-in technology, which the French company describes as a glimpse of a future all-electric family vehicle.

The special feature: While FCEVs such as the Toyota Mirai or Hyundai Nexo only have a very small battery, the Scenic Vision has a full 40 kWh, which is considerably more than the Mercedes GLC F-Cell (13.8 kWh), which, like the Renault study, can also be charged externally.

Renault refers to a "battery fuel cell drive" in the announcement. However, this can cause confusion, because the Toyota Mirai or Hyundai Nexo are also powered by an electric motor and have - albeit a very small - battery on board. So small, in fact, that pure battery-electric propulsion without the fuel cell - if at all - can only take place for a few hundred meters. Mercedes brought a vehicle with fuel cell plug-in hybrid technology onto the market with the GLC F-Cell, which could at least cover a few kilometers battery-electrically with its 13.8 kWh battery and be charged at a charging station.

Renault has now unveiled a similar concept with the Scenic Vision, which combines an externally excited synchronous motor with 160 kW in the rear and a 40 kWh battery, plus a fuel cell with 16 kW and an H2 tank that carries 2.5 kg of hydrogen.

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For everyday driving, Renault says the Scenic Vision operates like a typical BEV and doesn't use the fuel cell. For longer trips, a route planner is supposed to calculate the amount of power the fuel cell needs to take over so the user doesn't have to charge the battery on their route if possible. Renault doesn't mention ranges or charging times.

The study also has the technical prerequisites for bidirectional charging and can feed electricity back into the grid using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The concept car is made up of more than 70 percent recycled materials by weight, and 95 percent of the materials that make up the vehicle, including the battery, can be recycled as part of the industrial materials cycle, according to the French company.

Renault calls the study a preview of a future all-electric family vehicle. Renault is rumored to be reviving its Scenic compact van with an electric powertrain.