Hyvia contracts Faurecia to supply tanks for Master H2-Tech
Faurecia has won a major contract from Hyvia, the joint venture between Renault and Plug Power, to supply hydrogen tanks. These will be used in the Renault Master H2-Tech production model unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.
The hydrogen tanks will be manufactured at Faurecia’s plant in Allenjoie, France, whose production capacity is over 100,000 tanks per year. Faurecia and Hyvia have not disclosed the size, value and timing of the order itself. The two companies are only saying that the supply of the tanks will be complemented by maintenance services and “a roadmap for further innovations”.
The activities of Faurecia and Hyvia were each classified as measures of European interest this summer (IPCEI Hy2Tech). In the process, Faurecia alone announced a 213 million-euro grant from the EU earlier this month. Both companies have said that the IPCEI funding confirms their roles as key players in the French hydrogen ecosystem.
Hyvia is currently showing the production version of the Master H2-Tech, which was presented as a near-production prototype a year ago, as well as the already familiar prototypes of the Master City Bus H2-Tech and Master Platform Chassis H2-Tech at the Paris Motor Show. The technical specifications of the Master H2-Tech from the Paris show correspond to those of the prototype: It has a 33-kWh battery and a 30-kW fuel cell. The capacity of the four Faurecia hydrogen tanks, however, is now 6.4 kilograms of hydrogen instead of six. The electric motor has an output of 57 kW.
With only five minutes of refuelling time, the van is said to have a range of 400 kilometres. Previously, it was said that the vehicle would be launched on the market in 2022. At the Paris Motor Show Hyvia said that orders are possible for 2023. Prices are not mentioned.