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Renault has unveiled a hybrid concept car that runs on electricity and hydrogen. What you need to know about the car of the future PHOTO VIDEO

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The design of the Renault Scenic Vision car includes a hydrogen engine, an electric motor, a battery, a fuel cell and a hydrogen tank.

The 2.5-kilogram tank is located at the front of the vehicle and, Renault said, will take about five minutes to fill.

According to a document published on Thursday, which presented the concept, the 40 kilowatt-hour battery of Scenic Vision is recyclable and will be produced at a plant in France by 2024.

In a statement, Gilles Vidal, who is Renault’s chief design officer, said the concept “foreshadows the exterior design of the new 2024 Scénic 100% electric model”.

The company said the hydrogen-powered powertrain is “part of a longer-term vision beyond 2030”.

The general idea is that Scenic Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell would help extend the range of the vehicle during longer journeys.

“In 2030 and beyond, once the network of hydrogen stations is large enough, you will be able to drive up to 800 km without stopping to charge the battery,” Renault said.

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Described by the International Energy Agency as a “versatile energy carrier”, hydrogen has a wide range of applications and can be implemented in a wide range of industries.

It can be produced in many ways. One method includes the use of electrolysis, with an electric current that divides water into oxygen and hydrogen. If the electricity used in this process comes from a renewable source, such as wind or solar, then some call it green or renewable hydrogen.

The Renault hybrid is expected to use green hydrogen, although the vast majority of hydrogen production is currently based on fossil fuels.

Renault’s hydrogen and electric hybrid car concept illustrates how car companies are looking to find ways to develop low- and zero-emission offerings that can compete with the range of petrol and diesel vehicles.

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In the field of hydrogen mobility, the Renault Group has already set up a joint venture with Plug Power, called Hyvia. Among other things, it focuses on hydrogen fuel cells in light commercial vehicles and the launch of hydrogen charging plants.

Renault’s idea of ​​developing a passenger car using hydrogen technology is not unique. Toyota, for example, has been working on the development of fuel cell vehicles – in which hydrogen from a tank mixes with oxygen, producing electricity – since 1992.

In 2014, the Japanese company launched Mirai, a sedan with hydrogen fuel cells.

Other major companies, such as Hyundai and BMW, are also looking at hydrogen, as well as smaller companies such as the UK-based Riversimple.

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