► New Renault hydrogen concept
► First teaser pic of H2 tech showpiece
► See the real thing in May 2022
Renault has shown a new hydrogen-powered concept car to showcase its alternative-fuelled ambitions. Only this solitary, shadowy teaser image has been shown thus far, ahead of a full debut planned for May 2022.
Sadly, nothing else has been confirmed about the car, codenamed ZHCB internally. All Renault concepts carry a Z designation, and the H signifies hydrogen fuel, and C the C-segment (so Megane-sized). The final name has not yet been announced.
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A statement from Renault confirms this is ‘a new concept car embodying the commitments of its sustainable development strategy [addressing] environment, safety and inclusion… featuring a hydrogen engine, it embodies the decarbonisation trajectory of the group and the progress of circular economy, recycled and recyclable materials.’
The company promises the concept, styled under the watch of new design chief Gilles Vidal, will make several safety advances and pledges the project is designed to be inclusive for all members of society.
Renault hasn’t dabbled much with hydrogen or fuel-cells in its road cars, but it has experience in its light commercial vehicles, where it has partnered with Hyvia (above).
A hydrogen-powered Master van is under development and an earlier Kangoo was H2-powered.
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