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French automaker Renault unveils a hydrogen-powered SUV prototype

French automaker Renault unveils a hydrogen-powered SUV prototype
French automaker Renault unveils a hydrogen-powered SUV prototype
  • The latest model contains a 16kW fuel cell, which can extend its range to 800 kilometers without recharging.
  • This feature is expected to result in a 75% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard electric vehicle.

Renowned French automaker Groupe Renault has reportedly unveiled a prototype hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV as it doubles down on cleaner mobility to acquire a prominent market share. Known as the Scenic Vision, Renault’s latest prototype might not be commercially available until 2030, although the company is expected to launch a fully electric version by 2024.

For those unaware, a fuel cell car contains an electric motor similar to an electric vehicle, but the motor is driven by hydrogen-generated electricity and significantly helps in extending the range of the battery.

To that effect, Renault’s latest model contains a 16kW fuel cell, which can extend its range to 800 kilometers without recharging, with the battery being twice as light. This feature is expected to result in a 75% reduction in carbon footprint compared to a standard electric vehicle.

Renault claims that roughly 70% of the components used in the Scenic Vision will be recycled, including a floor constructed from old plastic pipes and milk containers, along with a fuel cell membrane made from platinum from abandoned catalytic converters.

The company, which initiated the electric cars joint venture with Mitsubishi and Nissan, has been swamped by the pure-play ambitions of Tesla and Volkswagen, and now is moving on with its plans to divide its electric vehicle and combustion engine divisions.

Meanwhile, Asian automakers Hyundai and Toyota are already having hydrogen fuel cell cars on the market, while BMW plans to release the hydrogen iX5 as a small batch series this year.

However, excessive costs and a lack of fueling infrastructure may continue to stymie hydrogen technology. According to seasoned experts, hydrogen-powered vehicles will account for only 0.1% of the worldwide output by 2029.

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https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2022-05-19/renault-unveils-hydrogen-powered-prototype-suv-in-race-to-cleaner-driving

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