Peugeot, Citroen and Opel to launch hybrid vans with hydrogen batteries

Peugeot, Citroen and Opel to launch hybrid vans with hydrogen batteries

April 2, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

The vans will arrive by the end of 2021. Stellantis will use a platform from the previously shown Citroen e-Jumpy van.

Stellantis announced the release of hybrid hydrogen and electric commercial vans under the Peugeot, Citroen and Opel brands by the end of the year. The Alliance noted that the range of new products will be about 400 km, and refueling will take no more than 3 minutes. The “mid-range” hydrogen fuel cell powerplant from Citroen Jumpy, Opel Vivaro and Peugeot Expert could further be used in passenger cars, the company said Wednesday during an online event.

Stellantis says its hybrid powertrain will address some of the disadvantages of pure hydrogen fuel cell engines such as those found in Hyundai and Toyota vehicles, including the high cost.

Renault currently uses hydrogen in commercial vans. The company is now selling a fuel cell version of the Kangoo small van and plans to offer larger commercial vans with hybrid electric / hydrogen power by 2022 through a partnership with Plug Power, which also includes the construction of a network of gas stations.

Three 700 bar hydrogen tanks replace underfloor batteries, saving cargo space. A small fuel cell battery powers an electric motor that can be charged from the plug-in hybrid system used on Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and DS models. Stellantis says that if hydrogen refueling is not available, the vans can only travel 50 km on a small battery.

Another advantage of having a battery pack is that it allows the fuel cells to operate under optimal conditions, increasing efficiency and longevity. The vans are started in fully electric mode at the start of the movement and for acceleration. The system was developed in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the hometown of the Opel brand.