Scenic View For Renault

Wed 25th May 2022

French brand Renault have relaunched the Scenic, one of their most popular models, but with a difference, its an SUV, its electric and it may soon run on hydrogen.

The original Scenic enjoyed unprecedented success as one of the original pioneers of the multi-purpose vehicle concept, launched in 1996, it has been on the driveways of motorists with a family for more than two decades.

More recently it has fallen out of favour as larger SUVs have enjoyed public favour and in 2014 Top Gear Magazine named it in the list of ‘The Worst Cars You Can Buy Right Now’.

But all that will change with the planned launch of the Scenic Vision in 2024, an electric vehicle built on the same platform as Renault’s Megane E-Tech and Nissan Ariya SUV. But in revealing the concept of the Scenic Vision they have also spoken for the first time about the possibility of introducing a hydrogen fuel cell that can actually charge the battery on the move.

That hydrogen version is not expected to see the light of day until 2030 at the earliest, but it gives a glimpse into how some motor manufacturers are now tweaking the rules on what an electric or hybrid future might look like.

“Its electric-hydrogen hybrid engine reflects Renault's desire to find something for all possible uses, and sheds light on a much broader vision, one beyond 2030,' Renault boasted in a launch press release. 

“Renault Scenic Vision’s hybrid electric and hydrogen powertrain has all the advantages of electric motors: instant acceleration, less noise and no vibration. And no pollution, because the car discharges nothing but water when you use it.

“There are several advantages to this platform and this new kind of propulsion system: you can drive long distances only stopping briefly to fill the hydrogen tank (roughly every three hours) and they provide an appealing alternative to all-electric motors – even though they are still in the exploratory phase.”

Many other brands have experimented with hydrogen as a fuel option, but with costs at a premium and the current network of hydrogen filling stations in the UK limited to just 11, there is a lot of work to be done in convincing public and politicians that it could be an alternative to pue EV.