Stellantis is fully committed to the energy revolution and already offers its entire range of commercial vehicles with 100% electric engines. But the Group is going even further by offering fuel cell versions that offer great autonomy and can be recharged in just five minutes. These new hydrogen versions have just gone into production directly on the Group's production lines.
Stellantis' light commercial vehicle range expands its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle production capabilities by starting in-house production of mid-size vans in Hordain (France) and large vans in Gliwice (Poland), thereby strengthening the group's low-carbon offering. With this expanded range and directly integrated production, Stellantis aims to strengthen its positions in utility vehicles and particularly in zero-emission utility vehicles of which the group is the leader in Europe.
Last October, Stellantis unveiled the complete renewal of its utility car range with a restyling carried out on the three van segments. This restyling allowed them to show a level of comfort and technologies never before seen on the utilities of the group which is counting on its new range to establish its leadership in Europe and, for this, it can count on its powerful industrial presence with the sites in Mangualde (Portugal), Vigo (Spain) and Ellesmere Port (UK) for K9 compact vans, Hordain (France) and Luton (UK) for K0 medium vans, and Atessa (Italy) and Gliwice ( Poland) for large vans.
Jean-Michel Billig, Chief Technology Officer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Development, said: "Assembling mid-size fuel cell vans on our assembly lines and adding large hydrogen vans demonstrates our commitment to remaining at the forefront of hydrogen technology and making it available to our most demanding customers. The skills and expertise of our teams of engineers and technicians are essential to achieving the ambitions of the Dare Forward 2030 plan and maintaining our leading position in the zero emission commercial vehicle segment. "
The fuel cell versions of the vans, which are designed to withstand heavy customer use, build on the technology used in the zero-emission electric versions of these vehicles, with additional benefits such as reduced refuelling time and unchanged payload capacity. For medium vans, the second generation fuel cell system offers a segment record range of up to 400 km and a charge time of less than four minutes. For large vans, the addition of fuel cell technology means a range of up to 500 km and a recharging time of just five minutes.
Stellantis will produce eight hydrogen versions of its medium and large vans in-house: the Citroën ë-Jumpy and ë-Jumper, the Fiat Professional E-Scudo and E-Ducato, the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Movano-e, and the Peugeot E-Expert and E-Boxer.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology plays an important role in Stellantis' roadmap to zero emission propulsion. Launching in 2021, Stellantis will be the first manufacturer in the world to market this type of vehicle. In 2023, Stellantis will become an equal shareholder in Symbio, a leader in hydrogen technology with operations in Europe and the United States.