Renault has added hydrogen powered vehicles into its light commercial vehicles offering. Tested since 2014, Groupe Renault’s hydrogen technology was developed in partnership with Symbio, a Groupe Michelin subsidiary.
The vehicles are equipped with a range extender fuel cell providing electric and thermal power of 10 kW, increasing the range of Renault Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen to over 350 km. Another advantage of hydrogen is that charging takes just five to ten minutes. Hydrogen responds to the requirements of professionals not yet to be fulfilled by electric vehicles, notably for their long-distance travel needs.
Expected early next year, the Renault Master Z.E. Hydrogen will almost triple the range from 120km to 350km, according to Renault and will be available in two van versions and two chassis cab versions. Equipped with two hydrogen tanks located under the car body, the vehicle will gain in versatility with no compromises on the load volume from 10.8 m3 to 20 m3 with a reasonable additional weight of 200kg.
From the end of 2019, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen will boast a 370km range and a load volume of 3.9 m3, despite a reasonable additional weight of 110kg.