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Cities & planning
Renault announces that it will soon be adding new arrivals to its catalog with two electric utility vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells: Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen and Master Z.E. Hydrogen. With these launches, the Group shows its commitment to a technology likely to play a role in the evolution of electromobility.
As a pioneer and European leader in utility vehicles with a market share of 41.5%, Renault is enhancing its range with Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen and Master Z.E. Hydrogen, whose lithium-ion batteries are paired with hydrogen fuel cells. Developed and tested by Renault since 2014 in partnership with Symbio, a Michelin group subsidiary, this Hydrogen line makes it possible to significantly extend the range of Renault’s famous electric vans and minivans.
Renault has incorporated hydrogen as a complementary solution to the all-electric powertrain in its vehicles. The hydrogen fuel cell charges the battery whenever additional range is needed; while the heat given off provides heating for the vehicle’s interior, maximizing the range available to the driver.
Kangoo Z.E Hydrogen, available from late 2019, thereby sees its range extended from 230 km to approximately 370 km*. As for Master Z.E Hydrogen, available from mid-2020, it sees its range tripled from 120 km to nearly 350 km*. Furthermore, the fuel cell opens the way for new possibilities in terms of fast charging, since it takes just 5 to 10 minutes for a complete hydrogen refuel at a dedicated service station.
A few months from launching its first hybrid Clio, Megane and Captur models, Renault is now targeting the business market. A decision far from coincidental.
“Groupe Renault completes its range of electric light commercial vehicles with the launch of Renault Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen. These vehicles provide professionals with all the range they require for their long-distance journeys as well as record charging times. And the advantages do not stop there, as Renault Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen can run on decarbonized energy that respects the environment while offering all the comfort of electric driving ,” explains Denis Le Vot, Alliance SVP, Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit.
If hydrogen is a solution that is not yet very compatible with the expectations of the general public, due to a lack of charging infrastructures, it is perfectly suited to fleet vehicles, charged on company premises. Using hydrogen makes it possible to resolve range-related issues without restricting access to “zero emissions” zones in downtown areas. This is because the conversion of hydrogen into electricity in the vehicle gives off nothing but water.
Master Z.E. is assembled at the Renault factory in Batilly, Lorraine in the Est of France , while the hydrogen unit is installed by PVI (Power Vehicle Innovation), a subsidiary of Groupe Renault. Kangoo Z.E. is produced in Maubeuge, and equipped with hydrogen technology on the Renault Tech site in Heudebouville, Normandy in the North-West of France.
*The distances given here are an estimate of WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) homologation results, for which testing is still underway.