Symbio FCell delivers first 5 Kangoo ZE electric utilities with fuel cell range extenders in La Manche
Symbio FCell has delivered the first five Renault Kangoo ZE Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) powered by its hydrogen Fuel Cell Range-Extender, as part of a full fleet project led by the Conseil Général de la Manche which will ultimately deploy 40 vehicles. (Earlier post.) La Manche is a département in West Normandy, France.
The Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric utility vehicles are equipped with the Symbio FCell Range-Extender. This technology recharges the battery when it drops below a certain level and permits the vehicle to be refueled with 1.8 kg of hydrogen, 1kg of which provides a range of more than 100 km (62 miles); the range-extender therefore almost doubles the daily range of battery powered vehicles, a significant improvement that makes hydrogen-powered electric vehicles more competitive in the automotive markets.
The range extender unit comprises an ALP10 5 kW fuel cell stack; air loop and hydrogen loop systems; DC/DC converter, control command system, CAN/Ethernet/WiFi/3G supervision and management systems, and a 35 MPa 74-liter hydrogen tank.
Symbio FCell provides mobility solutions based on the conversion of hydrogen to using PEM Fuel Cell systems, with power rating from 5 kW to 300 kW. These solutions can be integrated in a range of applications.
Fabio Ferrari, CEO of Symbio FCell, comments: ‘The ‘Range-Extender’ increases both driving range and availability of Electric vehicles for commercial usage, while reducing the investment in battery recharging infrastructure for large fleet. Closer to a traditional ICE vehicle, this ensures seamless operations for professional intensive urban usages as demonstrated in previous experimentations such as La Poste’.
La Manche is among the first departments in France to own a hydrogen filling station (active in Saint Lo) and five plug-in hybrid battery fuel cell light vehicles. Furthermore, La Manche has important potential for low-carbon electricity production, based on marine renewable energies (hydrokinetic and offshore wind) and nuclear.