It was with a 22 kWh standard battery charge and with 1.8 kg of hydrogen for the Symbio FCell fuel cell range extender that the Renault electric light-duty vehicle travelled 367 kilometres in 10 hours 36 minutes, at night on a mixed journey of urban and peri-urban areas, with lights and heater turned on. This represented an average speed of 35 km/h, in the real traffic conditions of a large city.
The drivers of the vehicle were Axelle Kirtsch and Tanguy de la Rochette from Cetup, a company that specializes in making deliveries 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The vehicle was part of the Cetup operating fleet of Kangoo ZE-H2s, which have already racked up 28,000 delivery kilometres. This record was officially testified by Mr. N’Kaoua, bailiff of justice in Grenoble.
“This new record demonstrates the relevance of this solution for our business”, says Jean-Pierre Capossele, CEO of Cetup. ” These vehicles provide the same availability and flexibility as classic petrol-based vehicles. Moreover, the total cost of ownership is very close to the diesel version of the original Renault Kangoo, and we reached profitability with the Kangoo ZE-H2, while zero emission, notably in Paris-based operations”».
Fabio Ferrari, founder and General Manager of Symbio FCell said: ” Reaching such impressive performance with a first generation vehicle delivered in January 2015 is remarkable. The new versions of our Kangoo ZE-H2, currently in production, reduce the hydrogen consumption even more. Beyond, a new 700 bar option will get us close to the 500 km range mark “.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.