Stellantis begins mass production of hydrogen-powered K-Zero vans

Stellantis begins mass production of hydrogen-powered K-Zero vans

The K-Zero hydrogen series will be mass produced at Hordain. It is the first plant in the world to produce vans with 3 drive types.

On Thursday, October 27, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares officially announced that mass production of the K-Zero range with fuel cells will begin soon at the Hordain plant.

This means that the plant in the Hauts-de-France region will be the first in the world to offer both combustion, electric and hydrogen versions.

The start of mass production of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel hydrogen powered cars will cost EUR 10 million with financial support from the French government.

However, from 2024, the plant in Hordain will have the production capacity of hydrogen versions of 5,000 cars per year.

Hordain will soon begin mass production of hydrogen powered vehicles for Peugeot, Citroen and Opel.

So far, the first copies of the K-Zero have been assembled by a team of researchers in Rüsselsheim, Germany, but now mass production that includes, among others, installing a tank, an additional battery and fuel cells will reduce installation time by 50%.

Stellantis mentions that the hydrogen Opel e-Vivaro Hydrogen or Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen or Citroen e-Jumpy Hydrogen will be able to run up to 400 km on a full tank, and the hydrogen should be refilled after 3 minutes. In addition, it is mentioned with a load capacity of up to 1000 kg.

By the way, it is important to note that since 2016 more than a million Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall, Fiat and Toyota cars have left the French assembly plant. which from the end of 2020 is also offered with an electric car.

Currently, 43% of all production is eK0 free versions, and the entire plant, where Poles also work, employs 2,440 people in three shifts, and an average of 628 cars leave the assembly lines every day.

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