Stellantis Hordain first plant to produce hydrogen-powered, electric and IC engine CVs

Hydrogen-powered vehicles to be assembled on the French plant’s multi-energy line, which already produces the electric and combustion engine versions of the ‘K-Zero’ daily.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 28 Oct 2022 Views icon2932 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

During his visit to the Hordain site in the northern Hauts-de-France region yesterday, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares announced the mass production of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel light commercial vehicles in a hydrogen-powered version equipped with a fuel cell.

“I’m very proud of the work done by the management and employees at Hordain, who have made their site the first in the world to combine three types of energy, made possible by the flexibility of our manufacturing system,” Tavares said.

These hydrogen-powered vehicles will be assembled on the site’s multi-energy line, which already produces the electric and combustion engine versions of the ‘K-Zero’ daily. Using a reinforced platform from body-in-white onwards, the hydrogen-powered models will then follow the usual stages of paintwork and assembly, on the same production line as combustion engine and electric vehicles, before they enter the new 8,000-square-metre facility that focuses solely on the final tuning.

 

A dedicated team will install the tank, the additional batteries, and the fuel cell on a production line at the Hordain site that halves the adjustment time compared to the previous small-scale process, where the fuel cell was assembled at a pilot workshop in Russelsheim.

This industrialisation of hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles – accompanied by 10 million euros in investments with financial support from the French government – is a new step for Hordain, where 43% of models for the Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall, Fiat and Toyota brands are already available in a zero-emission electric version.

The ‘K-Zero’ vehicles with a fuel cell are intended for long-distance freight professionals who require a longer range (400 km), the fastest possible charging time (3 minutes) and no compromises on charging capacity (1000 kg of payload). Launched in 2021, Stellantis is the first manufacturer in the world to market this type of vehicle.

Inaugurated in 1994, the Hordain site lies at the heart of the industrial strategy at the Stellantis commercial vehicles division. This benchmark site assembles light commercial vehicles and passenger cars from the “K-Zero” family. Hordain employs 2,440 people on three shifts, with daily production of 628 vehicles.

The site assembled 144,650 vehicles in 2021 and produced its millionth K-Zero in mid-2022.

 

 

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