Renault Group announced the launch of the KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen for the end of 2019, and the MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen for 2020. Symbio, a subsidiary of the Michelin Group and at the core of a joint venture currently being founded with Faurecia, is to equip these two electric battery-powered models with a hydrogen range-extender. This double-recharge solution allows fleet managers to optimize their operations and manage their total cost of ownership (TCO).
The KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen and MASTER Z.E Hydrogen are equipped with a hydrogen system based on the Symbio StackPack S, the range-extender designed around a 5 kW hydrogen fuel cell. Featuring a 33 kWh battery, its all-season capabilities allow the vehicles to reach true ranges of 370 km (for the KANGOO Z.E Hydrogen) and 350 km (for the MASTER Z.E Hydrogen) both pending WLTP certification. Complementing the traditional electrical terminal recharging method, these vehicles can be refueled with hydrogen in just a few minutes.
Symbio aims to reach production levels of 200,000 StackPacks per year between now and 2030.