The French company unveils the Hyvia project, a complete ecosystem based on the so-called “green hydrogen” to promote zero-emission mobility
The Hyvia project was born from the collaboration between Renault and Plug Power, an American company engaged in the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems. A complete ecosystem that will propose the production, storage and distribution of the so-called “green hydrogen” obtained by electrolysis of water and which allows mobility with zero CO2 emissions. The Hyvia facility, where “Hy” stands for hydrogen and “via”, from the Latin, street, envisages the creation of a series of operational charging stations as early as the end of 2021 capable of serving the new Renault commercial vehicles specifically designed such as the Master Van H2-Tech dedicated to the transport of goods with 12 cubic meters of useful volume and a range of up to 500 km, the Master Chassis Cab H2-Tech with 19 cubic meters of volume and a range of approximately 250 km and, finally, the Master Citybus H2-Tech, an urban minibus designed for the transport of fifteen people with an autonomy of about 300 km.
Dual Power Architecture
The vehicles designed by the house of the lozenge have a dual power architecture based on the use of double energy: electricity and hydrogen. The total autonomy is equal to 500 km, 100 km are obtained thanks to electricity, the remaining 400 km are guaranteed by hydrogen. The three vehicles are equipped with 33 kWh batteries, a 30 kW fuel cell and with tanks with capacities ranging from 3 to 7 kg of hydrogen according to the specific version.
The charging stations
The ecosystem created by the joint venture has France as its operational center, where a network of over 100 stations capable of supplying more than 40 tons of hydrogen per day has already been set up. The business is divided into four distinct sites: Villiers Saint-Frédéric, Flins, Batilly and Gretz Amainvilliers. The offer will shortly be extended to the whole of Europe and will be supported by dedicated financing and maintenance services managed directly by the Renault dealer network. For now, the collaboration efforts between the two important groups are totally focused on the commercial vehicle market, but it is not entirely excluded that, in the future, specific solutions for cars will be devised.
July 15 – 18:42
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