StreetScooter H2 Panel Van: fuel cell for DHL

Streetscooter H2 Panel Van
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E inst, Deutsche Post was looking for an inexpensive electric van for daily use in delivery services and could not find any suitable offers from the established car manufacturers. At the start-up Streetscooter, however, which the group took over without further ado.

The electrically powered Work and Work L panel vans are now not only rolled off the assembly line for their own purposes at Post and DHL, but are also sold to customers Delivered at home and abroad. Ford dealerships take over the sale and service for the vehicles.

In addition, Ford is cooperating with Streetscooter on the Work XL. The large van with box body is also electrically powered; Ford supplies the base in the form of the Transit's cab and chassis.

500 km range

Now Streetscooter has a second model based on Transit presented. The H2 Panel Van combines the battery-powered electric drive with a fuel cell. With a 40 kWh battery and tanks with a capacity of six kilograms of hydrogen, the 4.25 tonne class van should be able to travel up to 500 kilometers. Only then do you need to refuel with hydrogen or recharge with electricity. You can do this with a type 2 connector. The commercial vehicle has a payload of 800 kilograms and can go up to 120 km /h if necessary. The fuel cell technology for the H2 Panel Van is supplied by the US supplier Plug Power.

Hydrogen at 700 bar pressure

As with the car models from Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, Streetscooter stores the hydrogen with a pressure of 700 bar. This means that the corresponding fuel pumps in the still thin hydrogen filling station network can be controlled, where the tanks are filled within a few minutes. Commercial vehicles with larger tanks, for example buses in local transport, often refuel and store hydrogen at 350 bar.

According to DHL, the logistics service provider saves by using the H2 Panel Van compared to a Ford Transit with a diesel engine pro Year 3,100 liters of diesel, eight tons of CO2 should be saved. Streetscooter is expected to start production in 2020, and DHL will put 100 vehicles into operation in a first step.

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