Stellantis announced the mass production of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel light commercial vehicles in a hydrogen-powered version equipped with a fuel cell.
Stellantis has succeeded in moving on to the next step in automotive history, in a transition managed with our social partners at our 12 industrial sites across seven French regions, where we are proud to have laid historical roots.
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 engines and electric vehicles before they enter the new 8,000-m² facility that focuses solely on the final tuning.
From 2024, the site will have a production capacity of 5,000 vehicles per year, reaffirming Stellantis’ ambition to be the first mass-produced manufacturer of hydrogen-powered utility vehicles.
A dedicated team will install the tank, the additional batteries, and the fuel cell on a production line at the Hordain site, which halves the adjustment time compared to the previous small-scale process, where the fuel cell was assembled at a pilot workshop in Rüsselsheim.
This industrialization of hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles – accompanied by €10 million 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).