Stellantis hydrogen-powered LCVs to significantly drop in price by the summer

Stellantis hydrogen LCV price
Stellantis hydrogen-powered LCVs to significantly drop in price by the summer

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Hysetco hydrogen station at Le Bourget, the group told Hydrogen Today that its compact vans would see a significant drop in price by July.

Going out in the field means you can meet key players in the industry. This is always better than dealing with the news only through a screen. And the invitation we received to attend the inauguration of the hydrogen station at Le Bourget, Paris on March 19th provided an opportunity to talk to a number of key players, including Stéphane Majka from Stellantis. He is part of the Pro One division, which brings a number of the Group’s commercial vehicle brands together.

Stellantis is a partner of hydrogen taxi operators. The group has delivered 50 vans adapted for transport of persons with reduced mobility to Hype, and another order for 150 units has been placed by Hysetco (“the biggest in the world”, according to CEO Loic Voisin). These commercial vehicles are expensive, but their price will be significantly reduced in the coming months.

A multi-energy production line in the Hauts de France region

Hold on to your hats: the price of compact vans (Citroën e-Jumpy Hydrogen, Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen and Opel e-Vivaro Hydrogen) will drop from €129,000 to €71,500 before tax as of this summer. This is because the vehicles are now produced entirely on the same line. Previously, Stellantis produced electric LCVs that were converted into hydrogen-powered vehicles at Opel in Rüsselsheim. But with the restructuring of the Hordain site, near Valenciennes(North of France), everything is now integrated on site.

“We’re moving from a pseudo-prototype to an integrated production unit with a capacity of 5,000 vehicles in the first year. That’s a 10-fold change compared with the first generation of hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles,” explained Stéphane Majka. He then added: “It’s a first for a Stellantis plant to have combustion, electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles on the same line, and perhaps even a first for the automotive industry.”

Like Hyvia (Renault group), Stellantis is convinced that hydrogen has a role to play in mobility. The company knows that price is a key factor: the price of the vehicle, whose TCO should eventually align with that of battery electrics and diesel, and the price of hydrogen.

Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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