The all-new Renault Scenic E-Tech 100% electric has been revealed, in advance of being launched in early 2024.
The ‘High range’ model is due to offer an electric driving range of up to 379 miles from its 87kWh battery, along with a power output of 220hp from the electric motor.
A second ‘Standard range’ powertrain option with a smaller 60kWh battery promises a range of at least 260 miles; this model has a 170hp electric motor.
The Scenic E-Tech electric uses an excited synchronous motor which is more efficient than a permanent magnet motor and uses no rare earth materials.
The battery uses LG’s NMC (nickel, manganese, cobalt) technology, which results in the Scenic E-Tech electric’s battery being 6% more energy dense than that in the Megane E-Tech electric. A heat pump is also standard, helping to recover heat and energy that would otherwise be wasted and re-using it for cabin heating in cold weather.
The High range model can rapid charge at up to 150 kW, and the Standard range version can rapid charge at up to 130 kW; pre-conditioning of the battery happens automatically as the car nears a scheduled charging stop, aiming to ensure that it’s at the optimal temperature on arrival in order to reduce charging times.
Four levels of regenerative braking are available to recover kinetic energy, which are selected using two paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
The Scenic E-Tech electric has four MULTI-SENSE modes – Comfort, Sport, Eco and Perso – and a welcome sound sequence and a vehicle sound for pedestrians created in collaboration with French composer Jean-Michel Jarre.
The new Scenic has a large 545-litre boot – or 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Scenic E-Tech will launch in early 2024 and will be available in Techno, Esprit Alpine and Iconic trims. All trims feature a Solarbay panoramic glass roof, with opacity that can be changed – either fully or partially in segments. The driver and passengers can choose any of four roof settings: full light, full opaque, light at the front but opaque at the back, and light at the back but opaque at the front.
The roof automatically becomes opaque when the car is left, to prevent the sun heating the car’s interior. The glass roof saves space, offering 30mm of extra headroom compared to a conventional mechanical blind, and it’s 6-8kg lighter. Around 50% of the glass is made from waste glass.