After Opel and Peugeot introduced their hydrogen fuel cell versions of the Vivaro-e and e-Expert van models, Citroen is now supplementing its range of electric LCVs with hydrogen technology to meet the needs of companies required to make journeys of more than 300 km or lacking the time to recharge their vehicle during the day.
e-Jumpy Hydrogen, an electric van with a fuel cell and rechargeable batteries, is the first Citroen powered by this form of energy. While accommodating this new technology, it retains its useful volume and load capacity. The practical new model has a range of over 400 km and its three 700 bar carbon-fibre hydrogen tanks, which sit next to the battery under the front seats, can be filled in just three minutes. With zero CO2 emissions, self-employed professionals and tradespeople will be able to continue to use roads in regulated urban areas in complete freedom.
e-Jumpy Hydrogen is fully electric and benefits from two energy sources: a 45 kW fuel cell that produces electricity by consuming hydrogen stored in a three-cylinder tank at a pressure of 700 bars, and a 10.5 kWh battery that acts as a 50 km reserve and takes over automatically when the hydrogen tank is empty. The hydrogen fuel cell ensures the vehicle’s range, the battery being required in transition phases such as strong acceleration and gradients calling for extra power. These two sources of energy combine to fuel the motor and power the drive train. The battery, which recovers energy during deceleration, is automatically charged using electricity generated by the hydrogen fuel cell to ensure a sufficient charge level. It can also be charged using a cable at electric-vehicle charging stations.
Jumpy, produced at our SevelNord plant, will be converted at the Stellantis Group’s hydrogen fuel cell research and development centre in Russelsheim, Germany.
Available in two sizes, M (4.95 m) and XL (5.30 m), the first deliveries of e-Jumpy Hydrogen to fleet customers are scheduled for autumn 2021.
The European electric vehicle market is growing rapidly, having increased 132% in 2020 compared with 2019. Nearly one vehicle in ten sold in 2020 was electric. And the market is expected to grow by a further 53% in 2021,
With over two million registrations and considerable growth in the electric LCV market (+127%), in which Citroen intends to be a major player. The Brand’s objective for 2025 is to achieve an over 25% share of electric models.
Looking beyond the commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of our ranges, Citroen’s electric LCVs are essential for professionals whose activities frequently take them into increasingly regulated city centres for deliveries or to work on building sites. Electrification also makes it possible to modify company fleets with a view to environmental and economic optimisation. In an example of reduced cost in use, e-Berlingo Van consumes an average 18 kWh of electricity per 100 km, equivalent to €3, while maintenance costs are an average 30% lower than for the internal-combustion version. In addition, electrification provides employees with the additional comfort of a smooth and silent drive that contributes to their well-being at work, while preserving the proven LCV performances of e-Berlingo Van, e-Jumpy and e-Jumper for optimal productivity.
In 2019, Citroen announced the electrification of its entire compact van range from 2021. The brand has fully honoured this promise, with e-Jumpy available to order since September 2020. The range will be expanded in the second half of 2021 with the first deliveries of e-Berlingo Van, e-Jumper, e-Jumpy Hydrogen and, naturally, My Ami Cargo, which charts new territory in the micro-mobility market. Citroen offers the most comprehensive range to provide a bespoke solution for each professional.