- Car club recognises hydrogen fuel vehicle for its pioneering concept
- Hydrogen refuelling in only three minutes for 400-kilometre driving range
“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles enable environmentally responsible operation without compromises. We are therefore delighted with the KS Energy and Environment Prize for the Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN. We have more than 20 years of experience in the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Rüsselsheim. We intend to expand our leading position, including the extension of this technology to large delivery vehicles as of 2024,” said Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Enlarged Europe Chief Operating Officer of Stellantis, who is also responsible for piloting the commercialisation of the company’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The award was received by Peter Kuhn, Group Manager Light Commercial Vehicles at Opel, with 100 guests from politics, local authorities and the media in attendance.
Pioneering concept: Long range, emissions-free, short refuelling stops
The Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN is ideal for fleet customers who want to cover long distances or who need to refuel within minutes. The electrically powered light commercial vehicle based on the Vivaro-e “International Van of the Year 2021” is a hydrogen fuel cell electric van with plug-in battery.
The packaging of the technology is so compact that it makes no compromises on cargo space compared with conventional powertrains. The whole fuel cell system with the existing traction motor is integrated under the bonnet. The battery of the Vivaro-e is replaced by three 700 bar hydrogen tanks with a capacity of 4.4 kg.
The 45-kW fuel cell can generate enough power for longer stretches of highway driving, while the 10.5 kWh lithium-ion battery located under the front seats provides dynamic peak power when required, for example, at start-up and under acceleration. The range is up to 400 kilometres (WLTP1) and it takes only three minutes to refuel with hydrogen. The vehicle offers a cargo volume of up to 6.1 cubic metres and a payload of 1,000 kilogrammes as well as a towing capacity of 1,000 kg. The Vivaro-e HYDROGEN is available in lengths M and L (4.95 and 5.30 metres) and has already joined the fleet of Miele, the German premium domestic appliance manufacturer.
This year is the 40th time the KS automobile club has awarded the energy and environment prize. Founded in 1981, the award recognises innovative technologies, concepts and development in the automobile industry and the mobility branch that protect the environment.
 Range determined according to WLTP test procedure methodology (R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1151). The actual range can vary under everyday conditions and depends on various factors, in particular on personal driving style, route characteristics, outside temperature, use of heating and air conditioning and thermal preconditioning.