Stellantis Hordain: First Plant in the World to Produce Hydrogen-powered, Electric and Combustion Engine Commercial Vehicles

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During his visit to the Hordain site in the northern Hauts-de-France region today, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares announced the mass production of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel light commercial vehicles in a hydrogen-powered version equipped with a fuel cell.

“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. Today’s announcement demonstrates the Stellantis commitment to investing in France in the latest technologies, and to supporting low-carbon mobility based on the ‘One Company’ principle,” Tavares said. "Stellantis has made it to the next step in the history of the auto industry. This was done with the help of our social partners at our 12 industrial sites in seven French regions, where we are proud to have historical roots."

On the site's multi-energy line, which already makes the electric and combustion engine versions of the "K-Zero" every day, these hydrogen-powered cars will be put together. 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 engine and electric vehicles, before they enter the new 8,000-m² facility that focuses solely on the final tuning.

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 industrialisation 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).

Launched in 2021, Stellantis is the first manufacturer in the world to market this type of vehicle.

The Stellantis commercial vehicles division opened the Hordain site in 1994. It is at the centre of their industrial strategy. This benchmark site assembles light commercial vehicles and passenger cars from the “K-Zero” family. Hordain employs 2,440 people on three shifts, with daily production of 628 vehicles.

In 2021, the site put together 144,650 vehicles, and in the summer of 2022, it made its millionth "K-Zero."

Source: Stellantis

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