The first Hydrogen vehicle was produced by Peugeot late last year (13/12). Peugeot claims it is one of the first manufacturers to offer a hydrogen fuel cell powered version in the commercial vehicle segment.
“Hydrogen electric technology enables intensive everyday use without the need for recharging, a defining advantage for professionals in one day having to travel several hundred kilometers on the highway as well as into emission-restricted urban areas,” explains Linda Jackson, CEO of Peugeot. .
The technology, called Hydrogen e-Expert, will start production at the end of 2021. The launch is almost 15 months after the launch of the battery-powered e-Expert model in 2020.
This unit claims to be named the International Van of the Year in 2021. In addition, it is their 6th unit to win this prestigious award since 1992.
The manufacture of the technology is based on the previous variant which was battery-powered. Peugeot It was first produced in France, in Hordain (Nord, Hauts de France), then built in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
There are several points that explain the technology, such as the fuel cell generating the electricity needed to drive the hydrogen in the tank.
A high-voltage lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 10.5 kWh can be recharged from the mains and can power electric engines in certain driving phases.
The advantage is claimed to be able to cover all distances without CO2 emission, filling hydrogen in 3 minutes for more than 400 km in the WLTP homologation cycle (under homologation).
There is a charging socket for high-voltage batteries, available in 2 sizes (standard and long) with the same loading volume characteristics as the diesel and electric battery versions, load volume up to 6.1m³, payload up to 1,000 kg, towing capacity up to 1,000 kg, adaptability for all road and toll road conditions, with a maximum speed of 130 kph.