French Utility Supplier to Use EVs with Fuel Cell Range Extenders
ENGIE, a French electric utility company specializing in alternative energy, has taken delivery of 50 Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans outfitted with fuel cell range extenders.
The configuration doubles the driving range of the vans to 250 miles on the European cycle. Symbio FCell, which is partially owned by ENGIE and Michelin, supplies the fuel cell stacks.
ENGIE will recharge and refuel the Kangoo vans at its facility near Paris. Hydrogen will be produced onsite via an electrolyzer powered by renewable energy. It will take less than 5 minutes to fuel the vans with hydrogen.
ENGIE’s GNVert subsidiary operates the charging station, while McPhy provides the hydrogen technology and pump. The program is partially financed by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
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