The Renault Group is a pioneer and European leader in electric commercial vehicles with a market share of 41.5%, particularly with Kangoo Z.E., its best-seller. Following the launch of its fourth electric commercial vehicle - Master Z.E.- in 2018, the Renault Group aims to electrify its entire range of vans by 2022. Using its experience, leadership and attention to technology and the market, the Renault Group completes its commercial vehicle range with Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen.
The vehicles will be equipped with a "range extender" fuel cell, which guarantees an electric and thermal power of 10kW, allowing the range of Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen to be extended to more than 350 km (against 120 km and 230 km respectively for the electric versions of batteries), that is, the best range for electric vans and vans. Another advantage of hydrogen is the recharging time, which is about 5 or 10 minutes.
Convinced of the energies of the future, Renault offers hydrogen as a complementary solution that enables its professional customers to optimise the use of their electric commercial vehicle by lifting the brake on the range. The hydrogen technology, tested since 2014, has been developed in collaboration with Symbio, a subsidiary of the Michelin Group. The Group will market Kangoo Z.E. hydrogen by the end of 2019 and Master Z.E. hydrogen by mid 2020.
After launching a new Master in September 2019, the Renault Group wants to offer professionals a hydrogen offer in the Master Z.E... Master Z.E. Hydrogen will be marketed in the first half of 2020 and will triple the range of Master Z.E., to go further, from 120 km to 350 km (pending WLTP approval).
Although hydrogen is not yet a fully developed technology, accessible to most and from decarbonised production, its development is complementary to battery applications exclusively for commercial fleets, intensive use and heavy vehicles. In Europe there are 125 hydrogenation stations available, of which 26 in France and 100 are planned for 2020. The infrastructure in which hydrogen is increasingly decarbonised is being developed to keep pace with advances in this energy. In view of the significant financial investment this requires (around one million euros per recharging terminal), states are multiplying support and aid actions, with plans that take into account mobility, but also the decarbonisation of industry and, finally, the storage of renewable energy.
With the arrival of Master Z.E. Hydrogen and Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen to Renault's distribution network, the Group is taking an important step in three directions at once:
For fleet managers, the vehicle is now purchased, maintained and operated like other vehicles.
The recognition of hydrogen mobility as the ideal range extender that completes the range of electric vehicles.
The acceleration of the development of electromobility in relation to national and international objectives in the fight against global warming and pollution.