Renault Trucks and La Poste (the company that manages the mail in France) will put an electric Maxity into circulation for the first time in Europe with an autonomy extender that works with a hydrogen fuel cell, which allows doubling the autonomy of the truck.
And it is that hydrogen is postulated as one of the fuels that will use the transport of goods and people in the future, as we saw recently with the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram.
The year that the research project will last will give Renault Trucks reliable data on hydrogen technology in real working conditions. This 4.5-ton truck avoids noise pollution and any polluting emissions, since it only emits water vapor. It can circulate at a maximum speed of 90 km / h and has a range of 200 km.
In Franche-Comté, La Poste has been researching for some time this type of clean hydrogen-powered vehicles for the courier sector.
The fuel cell has been developed and integrated into the truck in collaboration with the Symbio FCell company. Thus, to the average range of 100 km of the Maxity Electric, a range of 100 km is added thanks to the fuel cell.
When the vehicle circulates, the electric motor with 47 kW and 270 Nm of maximum torque is powered by two complementary energy sources : the fuel cell provides a maximum power of 20 kW and, if more power is required, there are 4 packs of 42 kWh lithium-ion batteries that provide the necessary energy.
When idle, the fuel cell allows the battery to be recharged in 7 hours. In addition, the heat given off by the fuel cell is used to heat the cab of the truck, saving that makes it possible to extend the autonomy a little more.