Renault JV Targets Hydrogen for LCVs

Renault has announced a new joint venture to accelerate its hydrogen mobility capabilities for the light commercial vehicle sector.

The automaker will collaborate with specialist auto supplier Faurecia which, by the end of this year, be supplying hydrogen storage systems for Renault’s first fleet of light commercial vehicles. These systems will be developed and produced at its global center of expertise in Bavans, France. As volumes increase production they hope to extend processes to a new plant dedicated to hydrogen storage systems that Faurecia is building in Allenjoie, France.

Gilles le Borgne, executive vice-president engineering at Renault, said: “This collaboration on hydrogen storage systems is embedded in our strategy to offer market-ready H2 solutions for light commercial vehicles and target over 30% share of this fast-growing market in Europe. It supports the ambition shared with our partner Plug Power to build a unique end-to-end green hydrogen and fuel cell value chain and new value-generating activities in France.”

Mathias Miedreich, executive vice-president of Faurecia Clean Mobility added: “This partnership is an important illustration of our common vision for expanding the use of hydrogen as a cornerstone of the energy transition and as a perfect solution for zero-emissions mobility. Fuel cell electric vehicle technology is set to become significant in the powertrain mix by 2030, and as such Faurecia is dedicating important resources to accelerate its deployment.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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