HYVIA on October 14 announced several of its hydrogen prototypes.
The Renault Master Van H2-TECH prototype promises Zero CO2 emissions, increased range, and fast refueling time. It is a large van for transporting goods, with 12m3 of cargo volume and a range of up to 500km, available in 2022. Master Van H2-TECH is equipped with a 30kW fuel cell, a 33kWh battery, and tanks containing 6kg of hydrogen (4 tanks of 1,5 kg). Today, hydrogen mobility is particularly meaningful for Light Commercial Vehicles: perfect to extend autonomy for high loads and intensive use.
The HYVIA Hydrogen Refuelling Station prototype will offer customers convenient refueling options where public hydrogen infrastructure is still in development. It promises fast refueling time(5 minutes, as simple as thermic, to maximize vehicle availability), simple and safe to use. It will be assembled in France by the end of the year.
The way this station operates is simple: Hydrogen supplied will either be generated on-site using water electrolysis or supplied in bulk using gaseous tube trailers. The system then compresses H2 into storage, before dispensing it into the vehicle when needed.
HYVIA’s Hydrogen Refuelling Stations will be available to purchase, lease or rent.
These prototypes are a first illustration of the unique and complete HYVIA ecosystem including green hydrogen production and distribution, with a range of fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles.
“I am proud to unveil our first hydrogen prototypes. HYVIA, it’s about hydrogen mobility solutions for a tailor-made offer to our customers to meet the challenges of hydrogen mobility. HYVIA will be able to deploy its entire ecosystem in all territories and professional fleets for carbon-free mobility. HYVIA is moving fast, bringing together the strengths and skills of two leaders: Renault Group & Plug Power,” said HYVIA CEO David Holderbach.
Meet HYVIA at the Hyvolution tradeshow in Paris on Oct 27,28.
Unique and complete HYVIA ecosystem
These prototypes are a first illustration of the HYVIA ecosystem including green hydrogen production (electrolyzers) and distribution (Hydrogen refueling Station), with a range of fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles (Van, Chassis Cab, and Citybus), complementary to battery electric vehicles.
The next prototypes to come include the Master Chassis Cab H2-TECH: a large van with even more cargo space (19m3) and a range of about 250km. Another is the Master Citybus H2-TECH: an urban minibus that can carry up to 15 passengers, ideal for businesses, municipalities, and local public services, with a range of about 300km.
“HY” for hydrogen, “VIA” for the road: HYVIA paves a new way forward for carbon-free mobility, with hydrogen mobility solutions. Created in June 2021, HYVIA is a joint venture equally owned by Renault Group, a dominant player in the automotive industry, and Plug Power, a world leader in turnkey hydrogen and fuel cell solutions. Based in France, for European markets, HYVIA offers a complete and unique ecosystem that includes light commercial vehicles with fuel cells, hydrogen refueling stations, supply of carbon-free hydrogen, services for financing and maintenance of fleets.
About Renault Group
Renault Group is at the forefront of mobility that is reinventing itself. Strengthened by its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, and its unique expertise in electrification, Renault Group comprises 5 complementary brands – Renault, Dacia, LADA, Alpine and Mobilize – offering sustainable and innovative mobility solutions to its customers. Established in more than 130 countries, the Group has sold 2.9 million vehicles in 2020. It employs more than 170,000 people who embody its Purpose every day so that mobility brings people closer. Ready to pursue challenges both on the road and in competition, Renault Group is committed to an ambitious transformation that will generate value. This is centered on the development of new technologies and services, and a new range of even more competitive, balanced and electrified vehicles. In line with environmental challenges, the Group’s ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040.