Starting this year, Stellantis will supply Hype with 50 hydrogen-powered Citroën and Peugeot vans for transporting people with reduced mobility. There will be 1,000 of these by the end of 2024, in anticipation of the Olympic Games held in Paris.
Toyota is no longer the taxi operator’s only supplier. Hype has signed a partnership with Stellantis to provide an initial fleet of 50 hydrogen vans adapted for PRM* transport, starting this year. These vehicles are derived from the hydrogen-powered Peugeot e-Expert and Citroën ë-Jumpy. They can accommodate 5 passengers, including one in a wheelchair (or 6 passengers without a wheelchair). These vans have a 400 km range and can be refuelled in just 3 minutes. They can also be driven in zero-emission mode without compromising on the vehicle’s useful capabilities.
For Mathieu Gardies, the founder of Hype, “this partnership with Stellantis represents a major new step in the development of Hype and the structuring of the French hydrogen industry.” Xavier Peugeot, head of commercial vehicles at Stellantis, sees it as “an opportunity to strengthen its leadership in zero-emission vans, through a partnership with Hype focused on people with reduced mobility.”
1,000 PRM* taxis by the end of 2024
As part of their partnership, Stellantis and Hype say they are also in a position to roll out up to 1,000 PRM Crit’Air 0** taxis by the end of 2024. These potential additional volumes are linked to obtaining the “Parisian PRM taxi” operating licence. The said licence is currently being introduced by the French authorities.
In anticipation of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, such an offer would make it possible to meet several of the strategic priorities set by the French government: rapidly improving the volume and quality of transport services for people with reduced mobility, speeding up the energy transition with a zero-emission means of transport (Crit’Air 0) and strengthening industrial activities at the Stellantis site in Hordain, located in the Hauts-de-France region (northern France).
*Taxi PMR is a dedicated Parisian taxi service for people with reduced mobility for journeys within the Ile-de-France region.
**The French “Crit’Air air” quality certificate is a secure sticker issued to show a vehicle’s compliance with European emission standards.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King