Wheelchair-accessible hydrogen taxis in Paris

(Oilandgaspress) Stellantis and Hype, an independent pure-player in hydrogen mobility solutions, announce today their partnership for the supply and operation of hydrogen-powered vehicles, the first step being the delivery, from 2023, of a first batch of 50 zero-emission PRM taxis (Crit’Air 0) in Paris.

These vehicles, which can accommodate 5 passengers including one in a wheelchair, or 6 passengers without a wheelchair, have been specially adapted from the passenger versions of the Peugeot e-Expert and Citroën ë-Jumpy vehicles, manufactured at Stellantis’ Hordain site, in the Hauts-de-France region of France.

The Stellantis hydrogen offer is perfectly suited to “intensive use” professionals, thanks to its 400 km range, 3-minute refuelling time, zero emission and no compromise on the vehicle load capacities.

This zero-emission technology ensures maximum fleet availability. Another unique feature of these vehicles is that they are 100% electric ”hybrids”, comprising a reasonably-sized rechargeable battery and a hydrogen fuel cell system, making them the ideal solution for large-scale deployment.

By drawing on its unique organisation, unrivalled in the market, and, in particular, on its hundreds of trained salaried drivers and high visibility, Hype is setting up a dedicated organisation to serve people with reduced mobility, guaranteeing continuous availability, tailor-made and high-quality service, as well as a priority access booking application and comprehensive, detailed real time reporting on vehicle use.

As part of their partnership, Stellantis and Hype will also have the capacity to deploy up to 1000 PRM hydrogen taxis by the end of 2024. These potential additional vehicles are linked to obtaining the “Parisian PRM taxi” operating licence, currently being introduced by the French authorities.

Such an offering would make it possible to meet several of the strategic priorities set by the French government: rapidly improving the volume and quality of transport services for people with reduced mobility, accelerating the energy transition with zero-emission means of transport (Crit’Air 0) and reinforcing the industrial activities at Stellantis’ Hordain site in the Hauts-de-France region of France.

“With these Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen and Citroën ë-Jumpy Hydrogen vehicles, we are happy to further strengthen our leadership in zero-emission Vans, via our partnership with Hype, focused on people with reduced mobility.” Xavier Peugeot, Director of the Stellantis LCV BU

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