In the race towards carbon neutrality, Stellantis has announced its plans to be a part of the hydrogen economy with the launch of a fuel cell electric light commercial vehicle as the first step. “As we look further into the future, hydrogen fuel cells show great promise, especially for light commercial vehicles (LCV), as the next level of zero emission propulsion technology. At Stellantis, we believe that LCV zero emission offers shall meet all customer demands and user profiles, to ensure sustainable delivery activities, in line with environmental stakes.” said Haral J. Wester, Head of Stellantis Engineering in an announcement.
Stellantis believes that not all the specific needs of the LCV operator can be covered by battery-electric propulsion. According to Stellantis, hydrogen fuel cell technology is better suited to address the requirement of LCV customers such as longer range, shorter charge times and payload capacity. Stellantis says its hydrogen LCV will offer the same cargo volume and loading capacity as its internal combustion engine version, a maximum refueling time of 3 minutes and a greater than 400km WLTP range.
To deliver on these needs, the automaker has designed a tailor-made mid-power fuel system architecture that combines the advantages of hydrogen and battery technology. To preserve payload capacity, all fuel cell propulsion system’s components have been integrated outside of the cargo space. The plug-in fuel cell electric LCV will be developed at the company’s global Center of Competence Hydrogen & Fuel Cells located in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Assembly of the plug-in fuel cell electric LCV will be done at the Opel Special Vehicles (SV) facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany, where also Stellantis’ global Centre of Competence Hydrogen & Fuel Cells is located.
Stellantis says by the end of 2021, the new zero emission LCV will be produced on the assembly line of OSV.