Stellantis, a group of automotive companies formed from the merger of PSA Groupe and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has announced an entirely new architecture for a mid-performance hydrogen cell system. Citroen, Peugeot and Opel will be the first manufacturers to use them.
Citroën and Peugeot currently offer a wide range of electric light trucks, but with hydrogen fuel cells, they want to achieve emissions-free driving, high reach, short refueling times and the ability to waive payload capacity.
Together with partners Faurecia and Symbio, Stellantis decided to use a mid-performance solution consisting of a 45 kWh hydrogen cell system, a 4.4 kg hydrogen tank (located underground, 700 bar pressure) and a battery operating at 10.5 kWh.
The job of the fuel cell system will be to ensure a relatively equal return of power, while the battery will provide acceleration and idle use (regenerative braking), and it will be able to charge from mains.
The first step in introducing mid-performance fuel cell vehicles will be light commercial vehicles. Citroën and Peugeot currently offer a wide range of electric commercial vehicles, from the small e-partner to the passenger e-traveler and the large e-Boxer.
The Stellantis fuel cell vehicle range has a range of over 400 km (WLTP) and a hydrogen refill time is approximately 3 minutes. Cargo space capacity and carrying capacity will be exactly the same as the internal combustion engine versions, while emissions will be zero.
An additional benefit is the ability to charge a 10.5 kWh battery with a capacity of 11 kWh. The electric motor with 100 kW and 260 Nm of torque will be the same electric models.
Production of light commercial hydrogen vehicles will begin at the end of 2021.
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