European car maker Stellantis announces the release of a mid-sized van that runs on hydrogen fuel cells by the end of 2021.
The group was formed by the merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler earlier this year and says it plans to release the new vehicles under the Peugeot, Citroen and Opel brand names. The group is also planning the release of a passenger-style sedan that runs on hydrogen sometime in the following years.
The vans, whose internal combustion counterparts are currently built in France, will be assembled in Russelsheim, Germany in a joint effort between Michelin and Faurecia known as Symbio.
Hydrogen powered vehicles weigh significantly less than electric vehicles (EV’s) due to the large batteries required for EV’s to have any chance of being a viable transportation source. This makes hydrogen particularly appealing for long-haul freight jobs, considering weight is already a concern for shipping companies.
Hydrogen vehicles also have zero reliance on any fossil fuels, unlike electricity, and produce zero emissions when burned. Water is the only waste product of the combustion process.
Hydrogen vehicles do have significant barriers to being publicly and widely used. There is currently no standing hydrogen fuel infrastructure, which would be paramount to widespread adoption. According to Stellantis, Germany is home to 90 hydrogen fuel stations and France hosts 25.
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