Hyvia Unveils its First Prototype of the Renault Master Van H2-Tech (With Video)

By October 14, 2021 3   min read  (482 words)

October 14, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Hyvia Unveils its First Prototype of the Renault Master Van H2-Tech (With Video)

The Renault and Plug Power joint venture presents the first fruit of its work with a prototype of the Master Van H2-Tech. Hyvia will exhibit the hydrogen van on October 27 and 28, 2021 at the Hyvolution show, in Paris (75).

Hydrogen mobility will soon be a reality in the light utility segment. Hyvia proves this with the presentation of its first prototype, the Master Van H2-Tech, while waiting for the imminent offensive of the Stellantis group .

This hydrogen version of the Master developed by the Renault and Plug Power joint venture , whose birth certificate dates back to June 2021 , has a loading volume of 12 m3 for a range of 500 kilometers, well beyond this that the Master ZE is able to offer – it achieves a hundred kilometers of range in real conditions.

The Master Van H2-Tech is equipped with a 30 kW fuel cell, a 33 kWh battery – that of the Master ZE – and four hydrogen tanks supplied by Faurecia containing a total of 6 kg of fuel. It takes 6 hours to fully recharge the battery, while filling up with hydrogen only takes a few minutes.

Another key point of this product: it is mainly made in France. The van is produced in the Batilly plant (54), the electrical and hydrogen integration is carried out by PVI, a subsidiary of the Renault group, in Gretz-Armainvilliers (77), the electric motor leaves the Cléon plant (76 ), the assembly of the fuel cell will begin in Flins (78) at the end of the year and the hydrogen tanks are sourced in France.

First hydrogen station

Hyvia plans to market this H2-Tech Master Van in 2022, without setting a specific deadline. The company, which ensures that the utility ” will meet the needs of companies, large accounts, fleets and local authorities “, will exhibit its prototype for the first time at the Hyvolution trade fair which will take place in Paris (75 ), on October 27 and 28, 2021.

The Master Van H2-Tech will not be Hyvia’s only proposition. The joint venture is working in parallel on the development of the Master Chassis Cab H2-Tech, a large 19 m3 van with 250 km of autonomy, and the Master Citybus H2-Tech, an urban minibus that can carry up to 15 passengers for a radius of ‘300 km action.

Hyvia’s ambition, according to its CEO David Holderbach , is to ” deploy its entire ecosystem in territories and professional fleets for low-carbon mobility”. This will obviously go through vehicles, but also through hydrogen charging stations which will be available for rental or purchase.

The company is thus unveiling, in parallel with the Master Van H2-Tech, a first prototype station allowing refueling in 5 minutes. This equipment ” will make it possible to offer hydrogen distribution solutions where the infrastructures are still under development “, specifies Hyvia in a press release. The production of green hydrogen will also be part of the system.

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