Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 EV Fuel Cell Sets New Range Record

NOV 30 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

Symbio FCell, a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell range-extenders, announced a new record distance traveled in a Kangoo ZE-H2 (basically a Kangoo Z.E., but with a hydrogen fuel cell power plant).

Symbio FCell

Symbio FCell

1.8 kg of hydrogen and a 22 kWh on-board battery enabled the Kangoo to drive for 367 km (228 miles) in 10 hours 36 minutes (average brain-numbing speed of 35 km/h)…at night, on a mixed journey of urban and peri-urban areas, with lights and heating turned on.

We are not terribly thrilled at this point with the result, as all-electric cars ranges are improving at a pace that questions the ultimate viability of fuel cell vehicles… with the new 41 kWh battery found in 2017 ZOE as a good recent case in point.

In this situation, a 41 kWh battery transplanted into the Kangoo Z.E. would offer probably a very similar result if driven under similar conditions.

“On September 26th, 2016 in Grenoble, France, Cetup, a zero emission delivery company using the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2, drove 367 km in real urban conditions

This is with a 22 kWh standard battery charge and with 1.8 kg of hydrogen for the Symbio FCell fuel cell range extender that the Renault electric light-duty vehicle travelled 367 kilometres in 10 hours 36 minutes, at night on a mixed journey of urban and peri-urban areas, with lights and heating turned on. This represents an average speed of 35 km/h, in the real traffic conditions of a large city.

Drivers of the vehicle were Axelle Kirtsch and Tanguy de la Rochette at Cetup, a company specialized in 24 hours/7 days delivery. The vehicle belongs to the Cetup operating fleet, made of Kangoo ZE-H2 and which already cumulated 28 000 kilometres of usage. This record was officially testified by Mr. N’Kaoua, bailiff of justice in Grenoble.”

Jean-Pierre Capossele, CEO of Cetup said:

“This new record demonstrates the relevance of this solution for our business. These vehicles provide the same availability and flexibility as classic petrol-based vehicles. Moreover, the total cost of ownership is very close to the diesel version of the original Renault Kangoo, and we reached profitability with the Kangoo ZE-H2, while zero emission, notably in Paris-based operations”.

Fabio Ferrari, founder and General Manager of Symbio FCell:

“Reaching such impressive performance with a first generation vehicle delivered in January 2015 is remarkable. The new versions of our Kangoo ZE-H2, currently in production, reduce the hydrogen consumption even more. Beyond, a new 700 bar option will get us close to the 500 km range mark”.

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At night, with the lights turned on.

Yeah right.


S00000 impressive W0W !! Got to “N0T” Ever have One !! .Fuel Cell Should Never Be Used In anything that is Moving, Especially Moving “VEHICLES” !!!!!!

The only thing this proves is the FC is a worthless bad joke.
At those speed the 22kwhr pack did most f the miles.

I like my creature head more:

What jack asses. I own a FC vehicle and have driven 17,000 miles in it. Longest single day trip 700 miles. Also, it kicked a Tesla’s ass.


It kicked Tesla’s ass in what? Refueling time? Gas cars can do that too.

Did it kick Tesla’s ass in MPGe efficiency? No. Did it kick a regular gas Prius’s ass in MPG efficiency? Barely.

Have you compared if it can kick Tesla’s ass on other trips that aren’t planned around the dozen H2 stations only in CA?

It kicks tesla ass in everything that matters for practical purposes – lease price, range, no hassle refueling, while staying with zero tailpipe emissions. Yes, tesla can go cross US if you choose to go only on one of the few routes that have chargers, and waste hours on these chargers – but it is still no match for renting a gas car, so why bother with it and pay some $700 per month extra for this demo level feature?

You can always add more batteries to increase range, but then you get overweight and overpriced car that defeats environmental benefits of electric car, and still has limited range without option to extend it from 0% to 100% in 5 minutes. So why bother, leave battery only cars for commuting where they work well, not for long range driving where they don’t shine.

MPGe does not take into account the 40% efficiency at the power plant, transmitting it, converting it and storing it. Take MPGe then divide by TWO at least.

Also should mention that EVs destroy gas cars and HFCVs on refueling time the 99% of the time during the year you aren’t taking road trips because you don’t have to go to a fueling station since it is in your garage.

Then you may have a collector’s item on your hands, IF it’s gaseous hydrogen FC.