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PHOTO CAPTION: La Poste Renault Kangoo ZE similar to those to be equipped with Symbio FCell range extender.

French Put Fuel Cell Range Extender to the Test

With a full battery charge and 1.72kg of compressed hydrogen of board, total range for the hydrogen range-extender Renaults is 200 miles.

Published: 31-Jan-2014

In the raging battle for future automotive sustainability you’re either pro-hydrogen fuel cell or pro-battery-electric. Honda FCEV or Tesla Model S. Electrolysis or redox. It is a choice, but you cannot – could not ever – be for both. Especially not at the same time. It’s unthinkable.

Or is it?

An innovative solution has come from an unlikely source, and from early this year a small fleet of electric vans belonging to the iconic French postal service, La Poste, with experiment with hydrogen fuel cell range-extenders. The idea is to offer range beyond that of normal electric cars without emitting any harmful emissions, while keeping the whole thing affordable – something currently akin to a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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