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Faurecia showcases its latest innovations for zero emission hydrogen solutions & low emissions technologies

Societal and political pressure to reduce automotive emissions has never been higher. Anticipating stringent new regulations and increasing demand for electrified vehicles, the company has made sustainable mobility a strategic priority. Faurecia supports all market segments from passenger vehicles to commercial vehicles and industry with efficient aftertreatment solutions and zero emission fuel cell and battery technologies.

Faurecia showcases its latest innovations for zero emission hydrogen solutions & low emissions technologies
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2 minutes, 40 secondes

At IAA, the company showcases three different aspects of its innovation and integration expertise. Hydrogen mobility is rapidly gaining momentum and Faurecia is at the heart of a growing ecosystem of partners supporting its industrialization and adoption at scale. They cover 75% of the hydrogen powertrain with hydrogen storage systems, as well as fuel cell stack systems through Symbio, their joint venture with Michelin. Faurecia has a roadmap to develop hydrogen solutions adapted to different use cases in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, logistics, industries and beyond over the coming decade.

Hydrogen powered light commercial vehicles

Fuel cell technology is particularly suited to the intensive use of light commercial vehicles which need a longer driving range and faster refueling to minimize downtime. Manufacturers and operators of light commercial fleets are beginning to value the advantages and different configurations of fuel cell electric vehicles which vary from a range extender to a full fuel cell power system. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer key benefits such as zero CO2 or pollutant emissions, flexibility, short refueling time, greater autonomy, payload capacity and reduced total cost of ownership for this application.

Three key areas of focus help them optimize tank design without compromising performance or safety - so they use less carbon fiber, they reduce their CO2 footprint in terms of sourcing and manufacturing, and they will make tanks fully recyclable.
“Use less, Use better, Use longer”: three key areas of focus that help Faurecia to optimize tank design without compromising performance or safety – so they use less carbon fiber, they reduce their CO2 footprint in terms of sourcing and manufacturing, and they will make tanks fully recyclable.

Faurecia is showing its expertise in optimizing the system architecture and integration of tanks and stack systems in a light commercial vehicle chassis. In a solution that has been adopted by Stellantis for its fleets of Peugeot, Citroën and Opel vans, the company has designed a dual power solution that fits into the same packaging as a full electric battery configuration. This makes it easier and more cost-effective for manufacturers who can use the same manufacturing platform for fitting vehicles.

Drawing on four years’ R&D focus on optimizing the safety, reliability and storage capacity of tanks, Faurecia systems maximize the amount of hydrogen stored (120 liters) to provide a 400km range for hydrogen powered vehicles, in a best-in-class weight/performance ratio.

Symbio has developed for these Stellantis fleets a compact, low-weight fuel cell system delivering 45kW gross power. This system provides optimized power output for this mid-power architecture and has been designed for an easy integration.

With the first Stellantis vehicles on the road before the end of this year and thousands to follow in 2022, this represents the first light commercial hydrogen mobility system at scale, proving Faurecia’s capability as a full systems provider.

Sustainable tank (re-useable and recyclable)

In developing their next generation tanks, they are innovating for a more durable, sustainable, and longer life product. Faurecia aims to improve the environmental footprint of their hydrogen storage systems through Faurecia’s ‘use less, use better, use longer’ principles.

Three key areas of focus help them optimize tank design without compromising performance or safety – so they use less carbon fiber, they reduce their CO2 footprint in terms of sourcing and manufacturing, and they will make tanks fully recyclable.

Faurecia is showing its expertise in optimizing the system architecture and integration of tanks and stack systems in a light commercial vehicle chassis.
Faurecia is showing its expertise in optimizing the system architecture and integration of tanks and stack systems in a light commercial vehicle chassis.

The lifetime of a heavy-duty truck can be limited to 10 years, whereas Faurecia tanks are homologated for up to 20 years use. Using embedded sensors to monitor the health and durability of their tanks, they can begin to explore ways to give a second life to their products. Within their hydrogen ecosystem they are actively researching options to take back and reuse the tank and its materials.

Meet Faurecia during IAA Munich, from September 6 to 12, booth B70, Hall A1.

More information www.faurecia.com