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Hydrogen and batteries, Peugeot’s double solution for its new electric van

Knowing the synergies of Stellantis, it was a matter of time before Peugeot launched its own hydrogen electric van. We talk about the new Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen, a van that has a double power system: it can be refueled with hydrogen and it can also be plugged into the electricity grid to charge its battery. In any case, driving will be without polluting emissions.

It is not the most common solution, but the Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen has a double feeding system. The main and most important is hydrogen. The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen has a fuel cell where hydrogen is reacted with oxygen to obtain electricity. The fuel cell is powered by hydrogen stored in three tanks, located under the passenger compartment, which have a total capacity of 4.4 kg of hydrogen at 700 bar pressure.

The fuel cell and hydrogen tanks are combined or complemented by a lithium-ion battery with 10.5 kWh capacity, which is recharged by plugging it into the mains. It can be charged at a maximum power of 11 kW in three-phase alternating current. The battery is located under the seats and is used to power the electric motor during certain phases of driving.

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Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen

Both the three-phase battery charger and the fuel cell are located under the front hood, in the hole where the internal combustion engine is placed in the diesel versions. Like so many other vehicles from the brand, the e-Expert is built on the EMP2 multi-energy modular platform.

One of the main advantages is the short time needed to refuel: the three hydrogen tanks can be refuel in 3 minutes and allow a autonomy of 400 kilometers in the WLTP cycle (final data pending homologation).

These two power sources work together to power the permanent magnet electric motor. The engine offers 136 hp (100 kW) of power and 260 Nm of torque. The electric drive system works in various ways, depending on the circumstances.

When starting off and at low speed, the high-voltage battery alone provides the electric motor with the power necessary to move the van. When driving at a constant speed, it is the fuel cell that supplies the energy directly to the electric motor. During acceleration, overtaking or climbing, the fuel cell and high-voltage battery combine to supply power to the electric motor together. And as usual in electric vehicles, during braking and deceleration the electric motor recharges the high-voltage battery.

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The propellant has three hydrogen tanks and a 10.5 kWh capacity ion battery

This hydrogen-powered model will be available in two different body lengths: Standard and Long. Its load and volume capacities remain unchanged with respect to the conventional versions of the van. The cargo volume reaches 6.1 cubic meters (depending on the length of the van), can carry up to 1,100 kilos of payload and has a towing capacity of up to 1,000 kilos.

Hydrogen fuel cells are made by Symbio in Vénissieux, just outside Lyon, but the Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen is assembled in Rüsselsheim, Germany, alongside the Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen.

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