Renault, hydrogen pioneers at the forefront of sustainable mobility

23 January 2024

In a global context marked by growing environmental concerns, the automotive industry is turning resolutely towards innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions. Renault, an industry giant at the forefront of innovation, stands out in particular for its commitment to hydrogen, embodied by HYVIA and Alpine, which are very active in the hydrogen segment. The French carmaker is positioning itself as a pioneer in the sector.

In 2012, Renault took its first steps into hydrogen mobility with the Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogène. The HY Kangoo project, developed in conjunction with French hydrogen supplier Symbio between 2012 and 2019, led to the creation of this vehicle. The Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen is similar in every way to the electric Kangoo, with the exception of a hydrogen fuel cell that powers the battery directly. With a range of 350 km, i.e. 140 km further than the battery version, it offered interesting prospects. This first experience with hydrogen vehicles laid the foundations for hydrogen LCVs within the Group. It was not until 2021 that Renault returned to the forefront of the hydrogen scene with the creation of HYVIA, a joint venture between Renault Group and Plug dedicated to this technology.

HYVIA is not the only Renault group entity exploring hydrogen. Alpine, Renault’s premium sports car subsidiary, is also involved in this field with the Alpenglow project. The aim of this project is to develop a racing car equipped with a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine, highlighting the performance and efficiency of this technology in the world of motor racing. In this way, Alpine is striving to push back the limits of hydrogen and demonstrate the viability of hydrogen combustion technology.

The Renault brand itself is beginning to get directly involved in hydrogen with the Scénic Vision concept. This concept takes a different approach, focusing on circularity and respect for the environment. It embodies Renault’s vision for the future of sustainable mobility by integrating a fuel cell at the heart of its powertrain.