Hydrogen-powered range extenders equip entire EV fleet in the first large-scale implementation of the technology in France under the HyWay project.
The Grenoble, France-based Tenerrdis energy cluster is currently coordinating a ground-breaking project that will result in the rollout of a fleet of 50 hybrid electric/hydrogen-powered utility vehicles and the construction of two hydrogen filling stations in Lyon and Grenoble. The project has the financial backing of the Rhône-Alpes regional government and the French national energy management (ADEME) and environment, development, and housing (DREAL) agencies. It also aligns with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) objectives.
The first phase of the HyWay project will get hydrogen-powered electric vehicle range extenders ready for industrial-scale manufacturing and—ultimately—installation on board the electric-powered Renault Kangoo ZE utility vehicle. The extenders will give the vehicle a total range of 300km (city).
Next, a fleet of 50 of the hybrid electric/hydrogen-powered Kangoo ZEs will be put into service for a minimum of eighteen months’ testing. The rollout will take place in the Rhône-Alpes region, where two hydrogen filling stations will be built—one in Grenoble and the other in Lyon. The multi-user test will provide ample opportunities to gather feedback on how well the vehicles and filling stations work together and whether their performance meets expectations in a variety of use scenarios.
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