Automotive group “Stellantis“, which was formed following the merger of PSA Groupe and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has announced a completely new architecture for a medium-performance hydrogen cell system. The first manufacturers to use it will be Citroën.”Peugeot” a “Opel“.
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Citroën and Peugeot currently offer a wide range of electric light trucks, but with hydrogen fuel cells, they would like to achieve zero-emission driving, high reach, short refueling times and offset trade-offs.
In collaboration with partners Faurecia and Symbio, Stellantis has decided to use a medium-performance solution consisting of a 45 kWh hydrogen cell system, a 4.4 kg hydrogen tank (underfloor pressure, 700 bar pressure) and 10.5 kWh running battery.
The task of the fuel cell system will be to ensure a relatively even return of power, while the battery will provide acceleration and use deceleration (regenerative braking), and it will be able to charge from the mains.
The first step in the introduction of medium-performance fuel cell cars 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 cars will have a range of more than 400 km (WLTP) and a hydrogen refill time of about three minutes. The cargo space capacity and carrying capacity will be exactly the same as for the internal combustion engine versions, while the emissions will be zero.
An additional benefit will be the ability to charge a 10.5 kWh battery from the mains with a capacity of up to 11 kW. The electric motor with 100 kW and 260 Nm of torque will be the same as the electric models.
Production of hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles will start later this year.