Over thirty years ago, Renault invented the compact family car with the Scenic. Designed for families both past and present, it has now evolved into a new iteration for future generations with the Scenic Vision, a concept-car that embodies Renault’s commitments to decarbonisation and sustainable development. Concept-car or rather ‘concept care-car’: it cares for both its occupants and natural resources, by ensuring eco-responsible manufacturing and close management of the full life cycle of both the vehicle and its materials. Renault unveils a concept car that seeks to preserve all forms of life.
Renault is writing a new chapter of the Renaulution with the Scenic Vision concept-car, with an exterior design that gives a glimpse into the brand’s upcoming all-electric family vehicle. Above all, it is a car that evokes mobility that is more responsible and safer for the whole family, thereby embodying Renault Group’s commitments to sustainable development. Its components, interior, and on-board technology embrace the three pillars behind the strategy: environment, safety, and inclusion.
The Renault Scenic Vision is more than a unique way to experience travel, it shows how a vehicle can limit its impact on the climate and resources, to better serve future generations. It builds off and extends the notion of ‘cars for living’, taking it into the future. Not just a concept car, the Renault Scenic Vision is a concept ‘care-car’.
Made using more than 70% recycled materials and 95% recyclable, the Renault Scenic Vision has incorporated notions of eco-design and circular economy deep into its genetic makeup to further preserve resources. In harnessing electric and hydrogen power, it combines clean mobility with fast charging speeds, zero-emission manufacturing and exhaust emissions, and a carbon footprint 75% smaller than that of a conventional electric vehicle. Last but not least, its safety features and interior equipment provide optimal protection for all passengers, in particular thanks to new technology that help reduce the risk of accidents.
To meet Renault Group’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and worldwide by 2050, action must be taken across the board: materials and components, production sites, driving emissions, second life, and recycling. The Renault Scenic Vision taps into each of these domains to achieve record breaking decarbonisation over a vehicle’s full life cycle. The combined electric engine and hydrogen fuel cell means the car can cover long trips, such as a Paris-Marseille (750 km), without leaving behind the slightest trace, while still ensuring the best on-road comfort for the whole family and an unbeaten downtime of just a few minutes!
Such a vehicle could be manufactured in the ElectriCity hub, where the plants will be carbon neutral by 2025. Equipped with carbon-free batteries that use responsibly sourced natural resources coming from strategic partnerships with recognized and legitimate businesses such as Terrafame and Vulcan Energy. The 2024 opening of the Douai Gigafactory – still within the ElectriCity hub – will complete the production facilities by providing a local supply chain with almost zero logistical impact and fewer CO2e* emissions.
* It is not only carbon dioxide (CO2), but all greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. To express a carbon footprint with a single unit, the other greenhouse gases are therefore all converted into the amount of CO2. We speak of equivalent ‘CO2’, or ‘CO2e’ (or sometimes even ‘CO2eq’).
To limit the environmental impact from upstream manufacturing and the end of a vehicle’s life cycle as much as possible, the Renault Scenic Vision is entirely integrated into a circular economy cycle! In fact, 95% of the materials used to make the concept car – including the battery – are recyclable. Designed to preserve the environment as much as possible, the Renault Scenic Vision was also designed to facilitate end-of-life recycling. In the upstream stages of car production, the body is made using recycled steel and aluminium, and the on-board equipment incorporates new sources or materials such as by-product carbon fibre from none other than the aeronautic industry! A large portion of materials used for the batteries are used and re-used in a closed circuit. Copper parts and wiring are reused elsewhere to reduce the burden on mining new deposits.
The Renault Scenic Vision harnesses a full range of solutions to drivers avoid risks as much as possible without compromising on driving pleasure. In guaranteeing a safer drive, the car shows that it takes care of all its passengers through technological solutions that reduce the risk of having an accident by up to 70%. In embracing the five main pillars of Renault’s safety policy (awareness, prevention, correction, protection, and rescue), the Scenic Vision also features the “Safety Score” to further analyse driving habits, the “Safety Coach” to help anticipate risks, and the “Safe Guardian” to warn and take action should the driver’s attention wane.
An inclusive car par excellence, the Renault Scenic Vision was designed around the very notion of accessibility. A prime example of this are the rear-hinged doors that make it easier to access the car’s interior. Moreover, driver and passengers alike benefit from increased levels of customisation so that everyone gets the sort of comfort that they want: spaces that mould and adapt to each person’s body shape, configurable widgets, facial recognition, and more. Even the on-board soundscape can be tailored to each person so everyone can enjoy their own playlist during the trip.
The Renault Scenic Vision concept car is the epitome of Renault’s Nouvelle Vague and its Renaulution, it dons an aesthetic appeal that heralds in the future of the brand’s design. The exterior takes on the shape of the brand’s upcoming line of family cars that will be released in 2024. Its interior is a glimpse into the future of the brand’s interior design.
With its high-tech design, generous shapes, and an interior designed with people in mind, incorporating materials and colours that exude a calming effect, the Renault Scenic Vision boasts an original design that is as functional as it is inclusive, true to the brand’s values.
Building on the hallmarks if its past, Renault is bringing ‘cars for living’ into the modern world with a more responsible undercurrent, one focused on future generations, preserving resources to leave the smallest possible footprint.