Peugeot to produce hydrogen fuel cell LCV

Peugeot to produce electric model light commercial vehicle (LCV) powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen to become the latest model to fulfil Peugeot’s “power of choice” promise, which gives customers the option to choose a powertrain best suited to their needs.

As Peugeot’s first fuel cell vehicle, the e-Expert Hydrogen outlines the brand’s ambitions to offer an electrified vehicle across its entire range by 2025.

Based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform), the Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen is a fully electric vehicle, combining two on-board sources:

  • A hydrogen fuel cell, located in the engine compartment at the front of the vehicle and supplies electricity to the electric engine by recombining the hydrogen contained in the tank with oxygen from the air. It emits only water vapour through the exhaust pipe
  • A permanent magnet electric motor with a maximum power of 100 kW, delivering 260 Nm of maximum torque. Located on the front axle, this electric drivetrain is similar to that of the Peugeot e-Expert.

Powered by the “mid-power plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric” system, the vehicle can fill up with hydrogen in three minutes and is fitted with a 10.5 kWh battery that helps power the electric motor.

The e-Expert Hydrogen has a zero-emissions range of more than 245-miles.

The on-board three-phase 11 kW charger ensures the vehicle can be fully charged in less than one hour from an 11kW Wall Box (32A), in three hours from a reinforced socket (16A), or in six hours from a standard socket (8A).

At start-up and a low speed, the high-voltage battery alone provides the electric engine with the power it needs for traction. At a steady speed, the fuel cell supplies the energy directly to the electric engine.

Available in Standard (4.95m) and Long (5.30m) lengths, the hydrogen tank system is located under the floor to maximise load capacity.

The e-Expert Hydrogen comes with a power meter that displays live energy consumption, as well as a hydrogen level gauge, a battery charge level gauge and finally a colour matrix for displaying on-board computer information and range.

Julie David, Managing Director of Peugeot UK, said: “Hydrogen vehicles offer another zero emissions solution for the industry. The e-Expert Hydrogen is Peugeot’s first fuel cell vehicle and confirms our commitment to offering our buyers the right powertrain to suit their needs.”

The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen will be available to customers in France and Germany from the end of 2021.

Image: courtesy Peugeot Press Office

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