Hydrogen fuel cell powertrains remain in their infancy for road transport. Renault and Stellantis are starting to produce hybrid hydrogen-battery commercial vans, while Toyota and Hyundai have put fuel cell cars on the road, but in very limited numbers.
Most fuel cell players predict that heavy trucks and commercial vans will be the first mass applications of the technology, with the fueling infrastructure barely developed in Europe.
However, pickups and SUVs could also benefit from the technology, because adding enough battery power to enable towing, off-road use or long trips fully loaded could mean unacceptable cost and weight.
“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,” Renault said.
Renault said the car's exterior design “reflects the shape and style of a new family model that will hit the market in 2024.” Short overhangs and a long wheelbase maximize interior space, while the silhouette “expresses strength and movement.”
The Scenic Vision’s interior design optimizes entry and exit, with clamshell doors, and seats that automatically move back before front seat passengers get in the car.
Passengers have a total of 10 configurable widget screens throughout the cockpit that are dedicated to different functions. Cameras monitor the passengers’ vision, and move the screens accordingly to improve ergonomics.
Other interior features include a yoke-style steering wheel and “cocoon” airbags in the seats that reduce the mass of the dashboard.