Before this year ends, Stellantis should introduce its new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Three new vehicles will be based on existing electric vans – the Citroen e-Dispatch (in the photo), Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro-e, Peugeot e-Expert. They will adopt a mid-power, hydrogen fuel cell system not sacrificing the cargo space.
Stellantis claims a payload will be up to 1100 kg (2425 lb) depending on dimensions. Medium and long panel van guises will be available.
For Stellantis, this project is the first step to the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The tech is for vans only so far, but in the course of time, it may be applied to passenger cars. The company will try to keep costs as low as possible by using existing technologies and drawing hydrogen experts.
The aforementioned hydrogen fuel cell system comprises a 60-bhp (44.7-kW) fuel cell stack under the hood. It is connected to 3 hydrogen tanks able to carry 4.4 kg (9.7 lb) of hydrogen and fitted under the cargo floor.
Under the seats, there is a 10.5-kWh battery: you can plug and recharge it. The battery powers a 121-bhp (90-kW) electric motor driving the front wheels and providing up to 31 miles (50 km) of range on its own.
Stellantis says the combined fuel cell system will offer a range of over 250 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP estimate. A 3.0-min refill time for the hydrogen system is much shorter than for electric vans. The battery provides power from a standstill, at low speeds, and under acceleration. The fuel cell takes over at cruising speeds. The system recoups energy back into the battery when coasting or decelerating.
The first FCEV vans will hit the roads in late 2021. In Germany, the new models got direct funding from the government for their development. Moreover, French and German governments have invested billions in EU hydrogen charging infrastructure – to monthly add the refueling points.
Source: Auto Express