Opel revealed its utility running on hydrogen a few days before its French partners. Today, it is Peugeot’s turn to unveil its e-Expert Hydrogen. Only Citroën is therefore missing the call for the trio of mid-size vans of the Stellantis group to be fully converted to the fuel cell. As for the look, no surprises. As with the thermal or electric versions, only the facies really makes the difference with the Vivaro and Jumper. A relationship that is not only aesthetic, since the technical sheet is also identical to that of the Vivaro-e Hydrogen.
The best of both worlds ?
We therefore find a small fuel cell of only 45 kW (61 hp), supplied by the French specialist Symbio, formerly a Renault partner. To generate the electricity necessary for the engine which drives the front wheels, it uses the hydrogen contained in three carbon fiber tanks located under the floor. But the originality of the Stellantis solution is the presence in addition of a lithium-ion battery of 10.5 kWh under the seats. Borrowed from the group’s plug-in hybrid models, it allows the power to climb up to 90 kW (122 hp) if necessary, and offers up to 50 km of range when recharged from the mains. If we are far from the 400 km announced with hydrogen, it can be useful given the scarcity of stations distributing this “green” fuel … whose cleanliness of production has recently been called into question.
Produced in France, processed in Germany
Made in France, in Valenciennes, like the rest of the range, this e-Expert Hydrogen is then modified at Opel, in Rüsselsheim. The German brand is indeed in charge of the competence center dedicated to this technology in the Stellantis group. This van will be marketed from the end of the year in two lengths, with up to 6.1 m3 loading volume and up to 1,100 kg payload. Peugeot thus seems to be a little ahead of its eternal rival Renault. The Losange has indeed recently revised its plans by changing supplier for the fuel cell and it favors the higher category, with a Master E-Tech Hydrogen vaguely announced for the end of 2021.