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Renault's new Scenic Vision concept will have a carbon footprint that is 75pc less than a conventional electric vehicle

Renault's new Scenic Vision concept will have a carbon footprint that is 75pc less than a conventional electric vehicle

Renault's new Scenic Vision concept will have a carbon footprint that is 75pc less than a conventional electric vehicle

Renault is aiming to pair battery power and green hydrogen in a new electric car.

Its new Scenic Vision family concept is designed so it will have a carbon footprint that is 75pc less than a conventional electric vehicle.  

It uses both electric and hydrogen power and will need fewer and shorter refilling stops, the manufacturer says.

And on-board technology will greatly reduce the risk of injuries in an accident.

It is estimated that more than 70pc of the materials will be renewable – with 95pc of the entire car being recyclable – and that includes the battery.

But is it all a bit pie-in-the sky as concepts sometimes can be?

Renault says no, it is a real glimpse of what a future production car will look like and what it will be able to do.

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Its design is part of a preview of an all-electric model that will be unveiled as early as 2024.

That is part of the journey for the brand to have an entirely electric range by 2030.

Of real interest is that the concept will be powered by a “one-of-a-kind hybrid” propulsion system – electric and hydrogen.

It has a new-generation motor, a smaller battery and a fuel cell running on green hydrogen.

The 160kW electric motor comes directly from the new Renault Megane E-Tech.

It uses no rare-earth elements while the 40kWh battery is recyclable.

It also has a 15kW fuel cell to recharge it during long drives and thus extend its range.

So Renault is saying that in 2030 and beyond, as soon as the network of hydrogen stations is large enough, it will be possible to drive up to 800km, with the hydrogen tank refilled in five minutes or fewer.


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