Citroën and Peugeot will offer light commercial vehicles with fuel cell systems

Citroën and Peugeot will offer light commercial vehicles with fuel cell systems

Stellantis, a group of automotive companies formed by the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has announced an entirely new architecture for medium-performance hydrogen cell systems. The first manufacturers to use it would be Citroën, Peugeot and Opel.

Citroën and Peugeot currently offer a wide range of electric light trucks, but with hydrogen fuel cells, they want zero-emission driving, higher reach, shorter refueling times and no load compromise.

In collaboration with partners Furesia and Symbio, Stellantis has decided to use a medium-performance solution that includes a 45 kWh hydrogen cell system, a 4.4 kg hydrogen tank (located under the floor, 700 bar pressure) and a 10.5 kWh running battery. is.

The function of the fuel cell system would be to ensure the return of relatively power, while the battery would provide acceleration and use deceleration (regenerative braking), and would be capable of charging from the mains.

The first step in the introduction of medium-performance fuel cell cars would be light commercial vehicles. Citroën and Peugeot currently offer a wide range of electric commercial vehicles, from small e-partners to passenger e-travelers and large e-boxers.

The Stellantis group of fuel cell cars will provide more than 400 km reach (WLTP) and hydrogen refill time of about 3 minutes. Cargo space capacity and carrying capacity will be exactly the same for internal combustion engine versions, while emissions will be zero.

An additional benefit would be the ability to charge a battery of 10.5 kWh from a main with a capacity of up to 11 kW. The electric motor with 100 kW and 260 Nm torque will be the same as the electric model.

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Production of hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles will begin in late 2021.

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