Fleet of 50 Kangoo Z.E. With Fuel Cells To Hit French Roads
For the next 18-months, a fleet of 50 fuel cell light commercial vehicles will be deployed under the HyWay project for tests around 2 hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble in France.
Those cars are the Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. H2, which for some time have been on sale in Europe as the battery electric car Renault Kangoo Maxi Z.E. and it seems that HyWay converted them.
“Under the project HyWay, France will deploy 50 fuel cell light commercial vehicles around 2 hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. The project is jointly supported by the government (DREALs and ADEME) and the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes .”
“The 18-month project will use 50 Kangoo ZEs fitted with fuel cells. Seven industrial partners, alongside the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), are conducting this demonstration project: Air Liquide; the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR); Gas Electricité de Grenoble (GEG); McPhy; PUS (Cofely Services); STEF; and Symbio FCELL.”
The Kangoo Maxi Z.E. H2 is equipped with 75l hydrogen tank, compressed to 350 bar and can be refilled in five minutes. But, according to Journal Auto, the fuel cell stack alone cost as much as some electric cars:
“The project is to industrialize HyWay integrable with Kangoo ZE hydrogen kits, giving them a range of 300 km in the urban cycle,” concluded Tenerrdis. This would also reduce somewhat the price of the fuel cell, which is just over € 25,000!”