Automotive giant, Stellantis revealed today (October 27) that it will be investing in its Hordain, France plant, to see up to 5,000 of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produced each year.

With intentions to see the vans produced at the Hordain plant from 2024, Stellantis has made a €10m investment to establish a new facility at the site to house the new hydrogen operations, which it says received financial support from the French Government.

The hydrogen variant of the Peugeot Expert was unveiled in May 2021, which was said to boast a three minute refuel time, over 400km range, 1100kg payload, and a 100kg towing capacity.

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H2 View understands the vehicles will be assembled on the same production lines already used to produce the electric and combustion engine versions of the vehicle, however, a new 8,000m2 facility where a dedicated team will install hydrogen storage tanks, batteries, and fuel cells.

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, said, “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.

“This announcement demonstrates the Stellantis commitment to investing in France, in the latest technologies, and to support low-carbon mobility based on the ‘One Company’ principle.”

H2 View’s Hydrogen Mobility Snap Summit – November 29

With the mobility pillar consistently a hot topic for hydrogen markets and arguably the most anticipated and relatable application of the energy transition, H2 View stages a Mobility Snap Summit this November to summarise the progress made in 2022 and look ahead to what’s still to come.

Infrastructure challenges remain. Questions linger over policy and implementation. Many wonder which strand of the transport sector will blaze the trail in hydrogen power first, and likewise which region. There are clear challenges ahead, yet considerable progress made in 2022 and bright spots ahead in 2023 and beyond.

Join H2 View this November for a half-day online event dedicated to unearthing the progress made, dissecting the challenges to be met and establishing the state-of-play across mobility as 2023 approaches. Find more information here.

Premium Subscribers to H2 View have access to this event as part of their subscription package; non-subscribers can secure access to the event with a delegate ticket ($99). All delegates can access the event on-demand from 1st December.