Renault has introduced its latest innovation in the electric vehicle market, the Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric, at the IAA Mobility show in Munich. The new model is a family-friendly SUV with a spacious and versatile interior, a long-range, fast charging capability, and a sustainable design.
The Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric is the first electric vehicle based on the CMF-EV platform that is designed for larger vehicles. The CMF-EV platform is a modular and scalable architecture that allows for different electric vehicle sizes, shapes, and powertrains. The platform is also shared with the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and the Nissan Ariya, which are smaller and more compact electric vehicles.
The Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric is not a conventional minivan but a crossover SUV that combines a sleek and aerodynamic design with a high driving position and a large panoramic glass roof. The vehicle has a distinctive front grille with LED headlights and daytime running lights, a sculpted hood, and a sloping roofline. The vehicle also has 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and a rear spoiler. The vehicle is available in nine colors, including two exclusive ones: E-Blue and E-Red.
The vehicle is 4.47 meters long, 1.86 meters wide, and 1.57 meters high, with a wheelbase of 2.79 meters. It has a boot capacity of 545 liters, which can be expanded to 1,607 liters by folding the rear seats. The vehicle also has a sliding rear bench that can be adjusted by up to 16 centimeters to optimize the legroom or the cargo space.
The Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric will be available in two power and battery variants, both using LG nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cells that offer higher energy density than the ones used in the Megane E-Tech Electric. The standard range version has a 60 kWh battery pack that provides up to 420 kilometers (260 miles) of WLTP range and a 125 kW (170 hp) electric motor that delivers 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. The high-range version has an 87 kWh battery pack that enables up to 620 kilometers (385 miles) of WLTP range and a 160 kW (220 hp) electric motor that produces 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque.
Both versions can be charged at up to 22 kW on AC power or up to 130 kW (standard range) or 150 kW (high range) on DC fast charging stations. The battery packs are also modular and can be replaced or repaired individually, according to Renault. The electric motors are separately excited synchronous motors that do not require rare earths, which are scarce and environmentally harmful to mine.