In a way, the automotive sector is currently experiencing an industrial revolution marked by a paradigm shift linked to major climate problems. Some manufacturers are browsing current trends and European constraints to launch new strategic cycles. Renault, for example, is promoting its Renaulution and aiming for a 100% electric range by 2030.
The energy mix, a solution for the future?
In this context, the diamond brand today unveils its new concept car: the Renault Scénic Vision. A new vehicle, on the border between SUV and minivan, which embodies the brand’s commitments in terms of comfort on board, road awareness, new driving energies and technologies.
The 160 kW wound rotor-synchronous electric motor in Renault Scénic Vision comes directly from Mégane E-Tech Electric. Manufactured by the Cléon plant, it uses no rare earths, according to the manufacturer. The 40 kWh battery, recyclable and manufactured from 2024 in France within the Gigafactory in the ElectriCity cluster, is assumed to be half as heavy and less bulky and therefore cheaper than a similar electric vehicle. Its capacity is complemented by a 16 kW fuel cell, which facilitates recharging during long journeys.
Renault’s ambition is that by 2030 “When the network of hydrogen stations is developed, long journeys on board a motor vehicle such as Scénic Vision will be made with a simple stop to refill hydrogen, without resorting to an electric recharge, to travel up to 800 kilometers”. An ambitious goal that could actually make life easier for many electric car users, who today are penalized with excessively long charging times at public terminals.
A new platform
Renault Scénic Vision uses an original platform that is adapted to accommodate all the engine elements: engine, battery, fuel cell and hydrogen tank. The choice to place the engine at the rear, and therefore to make the Scénic Vision a propulsion vehicle, makes it possible to accommodate the 2.5 kg hydrogen tank at the front. The fuel cell finds its place under the floor, at the back of the platform, behind the battery. Renault specifies that the energy from the fuel cell will only be used for long journeys.
In addition, Renault also highlights a certain “energy saving” in its Renault Scénic Vision concept based on a circular design. 95% of the materials that make up the concept car – including the battery – are recyclable. Outside, the materials used (steel, aluminum and plastic) are all recyclable at the end of their life.
A milk bottle floor
Inside, the seat’s foam, textiles and seams are made from a single material, using 100% recycled and recyclable polyester. They are easily separated from structures and are unpigmented. The floor in Renault Scénic Vision is made of 100% recycled plastic from food and industrial waste (45% milk bottles, 55% plastic pipes). The style effect is also interesting and graphic. In addition, the manufacturer specifies that 100% of the platinum used for the fuel cell comes from the recycling of thermobile catalysts. Same approach to the copper in the batteries, which comes 100% from end-of-life vehicles and production scrap.
In addition, Renault Scénic Vision pays homage to comfort and safety technologies. Safety Coach warns of weather hazards (dangerous turns, ice, accidents, etc.) thanks to navigation data and the coupling between vehicles. The Safety Guardian takes over driving in the event of a driver error, such as lack of alertness or excessive speed in a turn.
“Guardian angel” technologies
Another interesting technology, the concept car integrates at the bottom of the windshield a screen that runs across the entire width of the vehicle and allows the driver’s field of vision to be increased by 7 ° by making the vehicle’s bonnet disappear. thanks. for sensors and other built-in cameras.
The cabin is adorned with a myriad of technological proposals aimed at making life on board safer and easier, such as cocoon airbags that enclose the passenger in the event of a collision, antagonistic doors without a center pillar to facilitate accessibility, recognition of facial expressions , personal sound spaces or configurable screen widgets that act as an infotainment interface and are distributed in different places in the vehicle.
An expressive graphic identity
With a very expressive graphic universe, Scénic Vision plays on recycled raw materials and faceted effects, thanks to volumes and shapes that reflect and reflect light from different angles. The lighting signature is unique with a logo that lights up and a rear quarter panel bounded by a luminous zone.
However, one of the surprises of this concept car is the 21-inch wheels, whose rims have aerodynamic flaps. When the car is in motion (speed ≥ 10 km / h), the flaps close for better aerodynamics. As soon as the car slows down and its speed drops below 10 km / h, the flaps are opened for better cooling and increased evacuation of heat from the brakes. It is clear that such a system is unlikely to come as it is on the road.
Finally, the dimensions of the Renault Scénic Vision are 4.49 m long, 1.9 m wide and 1.59 m high. They make it pretty close to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 for example.
As you will understand, the Renault Scénic Vision will never go into production as it is, but it does herald development paths that Renault is trying to explore. Some of these elements will no doubt find their way into production cars. The general form of the new concept should also be on the roads from 2024 with a more family-friendly configuration (the concept had only four seats) and a fully electric motorization.