Symbio FCell Expects To Deliver 1,000 Fuel Cell Kangoos In 2016
Symbio FCell is expecting fast growth of its hydrogen fuel cell business in France.
After delivering over 50 vehicles like the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 and even a Renault Maxity Electric truck with 20 kW hydrogen-powered range extender, the company aims for 200 units this year.
The plan for 2016 is even bigger – over 1,000 cars, mostly for fleets. We believe that orders for hundreds could flow from La Poste.
In early 2016, the company plans to switch to the 700 bar systems developed by Michelin, which is one of the shareholders of Symbio FCell. Another French company that will be happy is Renault, supplying Kangoo for transplantion.
“10 June 2015: The largest fleet of electric/hydrogen vehicles in Europe goes live in Grenoble
The HyWay project has reached another important milestone with twenty-one new Kangoo ZE-H2 utility vehicles, equipped with Symbio FCell range extender, now fully operational in Grenoble. This comes in addition to the vehicles already successfully deployed in Lyon. HyWay is the largest fleet of electric/hydrogen utility vehicles currently operated on a daily basis in Europe. With the financial backing of ADEME (French national energy management), the Rhône-Alpes regional government and the European Funds FEDER, this project establishes a unique and innovative model of simultaneous deployment of hydrogen stations serving multi-customers captive fleets. This deployment model is recommended in the French Hydrogen Mobility study.
By the end of 2015: almost 200 Kangoo ZE-H2 equipped by Symbio FCell will be on-stream in Europe
This project can be easily replicated across Europe and is increasingly well followed with nearly 30 cities in France having already applied. The first deployments have received financial contributions from Regions, ADEME, Europe FCH-JU2, and CEF/Ten-T.
Horizon 2016: Existing demands allow Symbio FCell to start volume production of at least 1000 vehicles for 2016
Following the first deployments initiated in 2015, some major operators are planning to extend their deployments to a few hundred vehicles in each of their fleets. The new developments will be based on the simultaneous implementation of commercial vehicle fleets, according to the H2 Mobility France cluster model. In 2016, those vehicles will be equipped with the latest Fuel Cell Stack developed by Michelin, in a more powerful system with extended functionality. To support the deployment at European level, a 700 bar Range Extender version will be available early 2016.”