Renault launches hydrogen JV, announces H2 light trucks

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Hyvia will operate in four locations in France and offer its products and services throughout Europe. It will build on the expertise of Plug Power – the latter has more than 20 years of experience in electrolysis and operates a network of more than 100 stations delivering more than 40 tonnes of hydrogen daily. “To meet the challenges of hydrogen mobility, we need to offer fuel cell vehicles for all intensive uses, but also consider the entire ecosystem,” said Hyvia president David Holderbach. The company aims to offer turnkey mobility solutions that include green hydrogen production, storage and distribution, as well as a wide range of light commercial vehicles. The target group for the vehicles and Hyvia products and services are companies, large customers, fleets and municipalities.

By the end of the year, the new joint venture will launch three light commercial vehicles with dual-power architecture. They will be powered by both battery-electric and hydrogen-based energy and produce no CO2 emissions during operation. In addition to the 33-kWh battery, they have a 30-kW fuel cell. In addition to the actual fuel cell block (“stack”), the fuel cell system includes all necessary subsystems for air and hydrogen supply and control, humidification and cooling. In addition, there are tanks that contain between 3.0 and 7.0 kilograms of hydrogen, depending on the version. The combination of both technologies should enable ranges of up to 500 kilometres, 100 kilometres of which in pure battery operation.

The technical basis is the introduced Renault Master van in the light commercial vehicle class from 2.8 to 4.5 tonnes. The range includes the variants: 

  • Master delivery van H2-TECH for commercial goods transport with a range of up to 500 kilometres and a load volume of twelve cubic metres.
  • Master platform chassis H2-TECH with a load capacity of 19 cubic metres and a range of 250 kilometres.
  • Master Combi H2-TECH, a minibus for up to 15 people with a range of around 300 kilometres, which is ideal for companies and public institutions.

In addition, Hyvia will offer electrolysis solutions, mobile storage stations and, by the end of 2021, hydrogen refuelling stations that are easy and safe to use and allow vehicles to be refuelled in just a few minutes. This will be complemented by financing offers for hydrogen refuelling stations or vehicles and maintenance services within the Renault network.

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