Combining batteries with a hydrogen fuel cell, Citroën ë-Dispatch Hydrogen

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  • Citroën ë-Dispatch Hydrogen provides greater range in electric mode with no compromises on the vehicle’s abilities.
  • With a range of more than 400 km and hydrogen refuelling in less than three minutes, Citroën ë-Dispatch Hydrogen is the forerunner of tomorrow’s electric light commercial vehicle.
  • Citroën’s entire light commercial vehicle (LCV) range will be electrified by 2021, with ë-Dispatch already on the road and My Ami Cargo, ë-Berlingo Van, ë-Dispatch Hydrogen and ë-Relay due to arrive in the second half of the year.
  • Citroën is thus demonstrating its ability to offer modern, technological and affordable solutions to meet the many uses and mobility needs of customers. More than ever, Citroën stands as the right solution for professionals. 
ë-Dispatch Hydrogen rounds out our range of light commercial vehicles. With its architecture combining a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery, our van boasts the best of both technologies. The components were integrated according to an ingenious design such that their size has no impact on load capacity, a crucial factor for professionals in this segment. ë-Dispatch Hydrogen responds to the needs and uses of professionals with a range of over 400 km, the reduced impact of outside temperature on range, a charging time of just three minutes, and the ability to recover more energy during deceleration.” – Laurence Hansen – Citroën Product and Strategy Director

INNOVATING FOR PROFESSIONALS

Since 1928, Citroën has constantly innovated to adapt to changes in society and bring professionals greater peace of mind and ease of use in their daily work. In response to new environmental and social challenges, Citroën in 2021 is implementing new energies with ë-Dispatch Hydrogen and new concepts with My Ami Cargo, and thus forming the most complete electric range on the market.

NEW ENERGIES: CITROËN JUMPY GOES HYDROGEN

Citroën is supplementing its range of electric LCVs with hydrogen technology to meet the needs of 8% of companies required to make journeys of more than 300 km or lacking the time to recharge their vehicle during the day. The Brand’s range will therefore meet all the needs in the segment.

ë-Dispatch Hydrogen, an electric van with a fuel cell and rechargeable batteries, is the first Citroën powered by this form of energy. While accommodating this new technology, it retains its useful volume and load capacity. The practical new model has a range of over 400 km* and its three 700 bar carbon-fibre hydrogen tanks, which sit next to the battery under the front seats, can be filled in just three minutes. With zero CO2 emissions, self-employed professionals and tradespeople will be able to continue to use roads in regulated urban areas in complete freedom.

*Range determined according to the methodology of the WLTP test procedure (R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1151)

ë-Dispatch Hydrogen is fully electric and benefits from two energy sources: a 45 kW fuel cell that produces electricity by consuming hydrogen stored in a three-cylinder tank at a pressure of 700 bars, and a 10.5 kWh battery that acts as a 50 km reserve and takes over automatically when the hydrogen tank is empty. The hydrogen fuel cell ensures the vehicle’s range, the battery being required in transition phases such as strong acceleration and gradients calling for extra power. These two sources of energy combine to fuel the motor and power the drive train. The battery, which recovers energy during deceleration, is automatically charged using electricity generated by the hydrogen fuel cell to ensure a sufficient charge level. It can also be charged using a cable at electric-vehicle charging stations.

Produced at our SevelNord plant, it will be converted at the Stellantis Group’s hydrogen fuel cell research and development centre in Russelsheim, Germany.

Available in two sizes, M (4.95 m) and XL (5.30 m), the first deliveries of the new ë-Dispatch Hydrogen to fleet customers are scheduled for autumn 2021.

 Citroën started a wide offensive in the field of Light Commercial Vehicles, proposing a full electrified range in 2021 on the European market, which is up to 26% compared to 2020. But Citroën doesn’t stp there. Faithful to its will to be inspired by professionals and their usages, its full electric battery van offer is joined by the hydrogen version of Citroën ë-Jumpy. This new technology will suit customers who regularly drive long distance or need faster recharging. Citroën thus proposes to professionals a varied electric LCV offer that allows them to ensure their activity in a sustainable wayd’assurer, in line with their usages and also with environmental issues and the growth of urban access limitations. 

Anne-Lise Richard, Head of Low Emission Vehicles Stellantis Business Unit