In a way, the automotive sector is currently experiencing an industrial revolution marked by a paradigm shift linked to major climate issues. Some manufacturers are surfing current trends and European constraints to start new strategic cycles. Renault, for example, is promoting its Renaulution and aims for 100% electric range by 2030.
The energy mix, a solution for the future?
In this context, the Diamond brand today presents its new concept car: the Renault Scénic Vision. A new vehicle, on the border between SUV and minivan, that embodies the brand’s commitments in terms of on-board comfort, grip on the road, new driving energies and technologies.
The Renault Scénic Vision’s 160 kW wound-rotor synchronous electric motor comes directly from the Mégane E-Tech Electric. Manufactured by the Cléon factory, it does not use any rare earth, according to the manufacturer. The 40 kWh battery, recyclable and manufactured from 2024 in France within the Gigafactory of the ElectriCity cluster, must be half the weight and less bulky and therefore less expensive than that of an equivalent electric vehicle. Its capacity is complemented by a 16 kW fuel cell, which facilitates recharging on long journeys.
Renault’s ambition is that by 2030 “when the network of hydrogen stations is developed, long journeys aboard a motor vehicle such as the Scénic Vision will be made with a simple stop to fill up with hydrogen, without resorting to an electric recharge, to cover up to 800 kilometers”. An ambitious goal that could actually make life easier for many electric vehicle users, who are currently penalized by charging times that are too long at public terminals.
a new platform
Renault Scénic Vision uses an original platform, adapted to accommodate all the elements of its engine: engine, battery, fuel cell and hydrogen tank. The choice of placing the engine at the rear, and therefore making 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 rear of the platform, behind the battery. Renault specifies that fuel cell power would only be used for long journeys.
In addition, Renault also highlights a certain “energy frugality” of 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 plastics) are all recyclable at the end of their useful life.
A milk bottle floor
Inside, the seat foams, fabrics and seams are made from a single material, using 100% recycled and recyclable polyester. They easily disassemble from the structures and are not pigmented. The floor of the Renault Scénic Vision is made from 100% recycled plastic from food and industrial waste (45% milk bottles, 55% plastic tubes). 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 recycling thermal car catalysts. Same approach for copper in batteries, which comes 100% from end-of-life vehicles and production scrap.
Furthermore, the Renault Scénic Vision favors comfort and safety technologies. The Safety Coach warns of road hazards (dangerous curves, ice, accidents, etc.) thanks to navigation data and the interconnection between vehicles. Safety Guardian takes over the steering in case of driver error, such as lack of vigilance or excessive speed in a curve.
“Guardian Angel” Technologies
Another interesting technology, the concept car integrates in the lower part of the windshield compartment a screen that runs the entire width of the vehicle and allows the driver’s field of vision to be increased by 7°, making the vehicle’s hood disappear. . sensors and other on-board cameras.
The cabin is adorned with a multitude of technological proposals that aim to make life on board safer and easier, such as cocoon airbags that envelop the passenger in the event of an impact, antagonistic doors without a central pillar to facilitate accessibility, facial expression recognition, custom sounders or configurable screen-widgets that work as an infotainment interface and are distributed in different locations in the vehicle.
An expressive graphic identity
With a very expressive graphic universe, Scénic Vision plays with recycled raw materials and faceted effects, thanks to volumes and shapes that reflect and reflect light from different angles. The light signature is unique, with a logo that lights up and a back panel bordered by a bright area.
However, one of the surprises of this concept car are the 21-inch wheels, whose rims have aerodynamic flaps. When the car is moving (speed ≥ 10 km/h), the flaps close for better aerodynamics. As the car decelerates and its speed drops below 10 km/h, the flaps open for better cooling and greater evacuation of the heat produced by the brakes. Obviously, such a system is unlikely to arrive as-is on the road.
Finally, the dimensions of the Renault Scénic Vision are 4.49 m in length, 1.9 m in width and 1.59 m in height. They come pretty close to the Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example.
As you may have understood, the Renault Scénic Vision will never go into production as it is, but it foreshadows development paths that Renault is trying to explore. Some of these elements will undoubtedly make their way into production vehicles. The overall shape of the new concept should also be on the roads from 2024 onwards, with a more familiar configuration (the concept only had four seats) and an all-electric powertrain.