Hydrogen-Powered Renault Master Van Prototype Unveiled

HYVIA, the joint venture between Renault Group and fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power, has unveiled a prototype hydrogen-powered delivery van and refuelling station.

HYVIA (Hy for hydrogen, VIA for road) aims to pave a new way for carbon-free mobility using fuel-cell solutions.

Based in France, for European markets, the company offers a unique ecosystem that includes light commercial vehicles, refuelling stations, supply of carbon-free hydrogen, services for financing and maintenance of fleets.

These prototypes are the first illustration of this ecosystem and will be presented at the Hyvolution event in Paris at the end of October.

The Renault Master Van H2-Tech can carry up to 12 cubic meters of cargo, with a range of 500km and offers zero CO2 emissions. It is set to be available from 2022.

The vehicle is equipped with a 30kW fuel cell, 33kWh battery and four tanks containing 6kg hydrogen combined (1.5kg each).

The HYVIA hydrogen refuelling station prototype will also be available to purchase, lease or rent. They allow fast fueling times similar to that of Internal Combustion Engine vehicles – just five minutes – to maximise vehicle availability.

“HYVIA, is a tailor-made offer to our customers to meet the challenges of hydrogen mobility,” said David Holderbach, HYVIA Chief Executive Officer.

“HYVIA will be able to deploy its entire ecosystem in all territories and professional fleets for carbon-free mobility. HYVIA is moving fast, bringing together the strengths and skills for two leaders: Renault Group & Power Plug.”

HYVIA has also expressed intentions to deliver Master Chassis Cab and Master Citybus prototypes in the near future.

Source: Renault Group | HYVIA unveils its first hydrogen prototypes

19 October 2021

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