Stellantis Initiates Industrial Series Production of H2 Transporters

Stellantis had a presence in the market with medium-sized H2 transporters. The company is now expanding its production capabilities to include large hydrogen transporters in its portfolio. In the realm of medium-sized delivery vans, a second-generation fuel cell system is being introduced, ensuring a future range of up to 400 kilometers and a refueling time of under four minutes. Stellantis states that the large transporters can cover up to 500 kilometers and have a refueling time of five minutes.

Specifically, the company is introducing eight fuel cell versions of medium and large vans, including models such as the Citroën ë-Jumpy and ë-Jumper, Fiat Professional E-Scudo and E-Ducato, Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro and Movano, as well as Peugeot E-Expert and E-Boxer. Stellantis has not disclosed details regarding the production output at its plants in France and Poland. Additionally, specific information about the drive system, likely to be largely identical in the four medium-sized and large sister models, is not provided. However, it is clear that the hydrogen versions will be based on the revised model versions announced by Stellantis in October.

Jean-Michel Billig, Stellantis Chief Technology Officer for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Development, highlights the company’s commitment to cutting-edge hydrogen technology. He emphasizes the integration of medium and large vans with hydrogen fuel cell drives on production lines as a testament to their dedication to providing advanced hydrogen solutions to demanding customers. The hydrogen versions are based on the updated model versions announced in October.

Stellantis’ commercial vehicle production is distributed across various locations, including Mangualde (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), Ellesmere Port (Great Britain), Hordain (France), Luton (Great Britain), Atessa (Italy), and Gliwice (Poland). New editions of the delivery vans are now being manufactured at these locations. Three months ago, Stellantis presented twelve new models during its “Commercial Vehicles Ambition Day,” focusing on zero-emission vehicles without compromising on factors such as payload or cargo space volume.

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In October, it was mentioned that four medium-sized vans (Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, Citroën Jumpy, Fiat Scudo, and Peugeot Expert) would receive a fuel cell version with three hydrogen tanks and a range of up to 400 kilometers. These vans also feature a refreshed design, a new cockpit with a ten-inch driver display, and more shelves. The large vans (Fiat Ducato, Opel Movano, Citroën Jumper, and Peugeot Boxer) are expected to offer an adapted version of the hydrogen drive from mid-2024 with a range of up to 500 kilometers, boasting a five-minute refueling time.

Stellantis underscores the importance of fuel cell technology in its roadmap for zero-emission drives, and since 2023, the company has been a one-third equal shareholder in Symbio, a hydrogen technology company with branches in Europe and the United States.

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