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Opel builds vans with a special hydrogen drive

Opel is building a small series of vans with hydrogen fuel cells

Opel is developing a special hydrogen drive for vans for the entire Stellantis Group. AUTO BILD has the first information!

2000 vehicles are to be equipped with the fuel cell by 2023. The technology is not exclusively reserved for the Opel Vivaro-e – the sister models Citroën ë-Jumpy and Peugeot e-Expert are also equipped with the hydrogen drive at Opel. According to Lohscheller, Opel will take its first orders in summer 2021. There are no prices yet.
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Stellantis had already presented the fuel cell drive at the end of March 2021. The specialty: It is a plug-in hybrid system. In addition to the 45 kW fuel cell, the cars also have a 10.5 kWh battery; an electric motor with a power of up to 100 kW is driven. When starting or driving slowly, the battery is used as a power source, while normal driving uses the fuel cell – and both energy sources work together when accelerating. The system should enable a range of up to 400 kilometers, and refueling with hydrogen will only take three minutes.

The transporter’s battery can be charged by the fuel cell

As with other plug-in hybrid models, the battery can be charged by plug or by the fuel cell and should allow a range of a maximum of 50 kilometers. Although two energy stores are used with this drive, the transporters should still offer enough space: The load space has a capacity of 6.1 cubic metersbecause the platform of the fully electric models is used and the hydrogen tanks fill the space of the otherwise larger battery in the vehicle floor.
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