Stellantis has confirmed an agreement with Jos Scholman construction company for the purchase of sixteen Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN vehicles. These zero emissions light commercial vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells are further expanding the company’s sustainable fleet.
Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Chief Operating Officer Enlarged Europe at Stellantis, spoke on behalf of the company at the Stellantis Netherlands headquarters in Amsterdam: “I am so pleased with this delivery of 16 Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen in the Netherlands, once again confirming Stellantis postion as front runner in mass-produced hydrogen commercial vehicles. I would like to thank the Scholman company for having chosen one of our brands to further enhance their sustainability, while we are making further steps in the execution of our Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan”.
Jos Scholman construction company was founded over forty years ago and is active in groundworks, road construction, water engineering, and landscaping. The family business now has around 250 employees and is run by founder Jos Scholman Sr. together with his two sons, Robert and Jos Jr. The company has a large and diverse fleet for all its activities, including vans and heavy machinery for earthmoving.
Jos Scholman is fully committed to hydrogen to make their fleet more sustainable. They already use around thirty hydrogen vehicles, including cars, hydrogen tractors and hydraulic excavators, and are adding more tractors and excavators this year. Now, they have taken another significant step forward with the purchase of sixteen Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN vehicles.
Robert Scholman, co-owner of Jos Scholman construction company: “We see a major role for hydrogen in the transition to sustainable energy sources and fuels. We have had hydrogen cars in our company since 2019, currently with around thirty vehicles altogether, including tractors and large mobile cranes. We are delighted to now be adding sixteen Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN light commercial vehicles to our fleet. This will greatly contribute to our sustainability targets for transporting small equipment and urban distribution. We can even refuel the vehicles with green hydrogen we produce ourselves, so Opel’s hydrogen commercial vehicles are truly sustainable on the road.”
Self-generated green hydrogen
Driving with hydrogen is truly sustainable when you use green hydrogen, and Jos Scholman is working hard on this aspect too. The company has had a hydrogen refuelling station on its premises for several years already and will produce their own green hydrogen in-house using an electrolyser. The energy required for this process comes from sustainable sources such as solar and wind power, ensuring the hydrogen used for the fleet is green in every aspect.
The Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN: a smart no-compromise solution
The zero emissions Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN is based on the battery-electric Opel Vivaro-e (‘International Van of the Year 2021’) and perfectly meets the needs and wishes of fleet managers. It has a range of 400km (WLTP) and takes approximately five minutes to refuel.
The hydrogen technology is compact and integrated in the Opel Vivaro-e in a way that preserves its cargo space and capacity, so the HYDROGEN version, like all Opel Vivaro variants, has a cargo space of 5.3 or 6.1m3, depending on the variant chosen. The Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN is available in M and L length variants of 4.95 and 5.30 metres, both with payloads up to 1,000 kg.