A new joint venture between Hyvia Renault Group and Plug Power will lead the way to a complete ecosystem of fuel cell powered LCVs, green hydrogen and refuelling stations across Europe.
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Hyvia is expecting to become first-to-market with turnkey hydrogen mobility solutions such as light commercial vehicles with fuel cells, hydrogen charging stations, supply of carbon-free hydrogen, maintenance, and management of fleets. The joint venture is aiming to contribute to the decarbonisation of mobility in Europe positioning France as an industrial, commercial and technology leader.
The joint venture will utilise existing Renault facilities in France, with the Head Office located at Villiers-Saint-Frédéric, the current light commercial vehicle engineering and development centre for Renault Group.
The process, manufacturing and logistics teams will be based in Flins, as part of the Re-Factory project, where the JV aims to begin the assembly of fuel cells and recharging stations by end of 2021.
The first vehicles, based on Renault Master, will be assembled at the Batilly plant and the fuel cell integration will be carried out by PVI, a subsidiary of Renault Group since 2017, located in Gretz-Armainvilliers.
Hyvia’s integrated hydrogen technology has been designed to complement Renault’s E-Tech technology, increasing vehicle range to 500 kilometres with rapid recharging time of 3 minutes. These advantages are particularly well-suited to certain uses of light commercial vehicles while simultaneously addressing the regulatory challenges of decarbonising city centres.
The first three fuel cell vehicles brought to market by Hyvia will be based on the Renault Master platform and should be available in Europe by end of 2021 and accompanied with the deployment of charging stations and the supply of green hydrogen.
“As a pioneer in new energies and the European leader in electric light commercial vehicles, Renault Group is pursuing its objective of having the greenest mix on the market by 2030 with the creation of Hyvia” said Luca de Meo, CEO Renault Group. “This joint venture integrates the entire hydrogen mobility ecosystem in a unique way, from the vehicle to infrastructure and turnkey services for customers. The development of this cutting-edge technology will enable us to strengthen our industrial base and set up new value-generating activities in France in this promising segment”.
Andrew Marsh, CEO Plug Power, added that the company is a leader in solutions serving the hydrogen ecosystem, with over 40,000 fuel cell systems deployed and 110 charging stations deployed capable of distributing more than 40 tonnes of hydrogen per day