Stellantis brings fuel cell transporter
Opel Vivaro & Co. also with hydrogen in the future
The Stellantis Group’s mid-size van series will be powered by fuel cells. Opel is leading the way, and for good reason: there are subsidies from the federal government.
The Stellantis Group announced a new hydrogen initiative on March 31. Based on the mid-size van series from Peugeot, Citroën and Opel, a small series of fuel cell vehicles is being created. Opel will be responsible for development and production. Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Opel Vivaro are to be delivered as FCV models at the end of 2021.
Three e-transporters to be powered by hydrogen
In general, the topic of hydrogen is of great interest, especially in the transport sector. Range and charging capacity are the top priorities here, which is also the Achilles’ heel of the heavy battery-electric drive. This is precisely where the advantages of the FCV transporter from the Stellantis Group are being emphasized: the fuel cell transporter is expected to travel around 400 kilometers on a single tank of hydrogen, can be refueled in a matter of minutes, and with a volume of up to 6.1 cubic meters and a payload of 1.1 metric tons, is not inferior to combustion engine models.
For the project, the e-transporters already available will be converted to fuel cell technology.
To realize the now announced hydrogen project, the E-versions of the aforementioned vans will be used as a basis. In place of the traction battery under the vehicle, three hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of 4.4 kilos will be installed. This will supply a 45 kW fuel cell.
400 kilometer range, maximum 130 km/h
Somewhat unusual for an FCV vehicle is its design as a plug-in hybrid. A 10.5 kWh battery is installed transversely under the seats in the cabin and can be charged externally. A range of up to 50 kilometers is said to be possible with the battery alone. This solution means that a more powerful fuel cell can be dispensed with to power the electric motor, which has a maximum output of 100 kW (standard mode: 60 kW).