The Green Corp Konnection (GCK) group announced it signed a multi-year agreement with Symbio for the supply of fuel cells for retrofit, on the occasion of the Autocar Expo show in Lyon.
In the footsteps of Safra and Plastic Omnium, Symbio now enters the hydrogen retrofit market with GCK. The group recently converted an Iveco Crossway for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which was demonstrated outside the show. The success of this conversion by GCK Mobility, a subsidiary of GCK, in just a few months, was made possible by the extensive use of French components, including the fuel cell supplied by Symbio, a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia.
The coupled combination of two StackPacks, a pre-validated and pre-integrated hydrogen solution, enables the system to reach a maximum power of 150 kW supplied by 34 kg of hydrogen at 700 bars. They provide the electricity for a 320 kW electric motor, which enables the coach to retain its original performances and characteristics (400 km range, 19 tonne payload).
Retrofitting heavy vehicles is a key solution to speed up the decarbonization of the French fleet which currently comprises almost 70,000 coaches.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud, translated by Logan King and reviewed by Marina Leite.