Symbio announces its new range of fuel cells

The French specialist in fuel cell systems Symbio announces the development of an innovative range: the Next Gen StackPacks. These new, very compact fuel cells are designed for all mobility applications, from light commercial vehicles to buses, SUVs and trucks.

StackPack 40, the fuel cell for hydrogen utilities

Symbioa joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia, will promote new developments in its technology and its roadmap for H2Motive products at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.

The StackPack 40 will be industrialized on a large scale before the end of 2023, in partnership with Stellantis. This 40 kW fuel cell will deliver a power density of 3.9 kW/L and is expected to last up to 7,000 hours of use, which is suitable for the operation of light commercial vehicles.

“Symbio’s more than 30 years of system engineering experience and 6 million kilometers traveled allow us to customize our fuel cell solutions and their integration whatever the vehicle architecture, optimizing the size , weight, power and efficiency”, explains Philippe Rosier, CEO of Symbio.


StackPack NG1 and NG2, hydrogen for heavy vehicles

The first version of the StackPack, called NG1, should be put into production for small vehicle fleets in the first half of 2024. With 75 kW of nominal power, its lifespan is announced at 20,000 hours, making it ideal for buses, coaches and commercial vehicles. Symbio has already announced a 150 kW twin-stack version and 300 kW twin-system solutions.

The NG2, on the other hand, is a fuel cell under development for pickups, SUVs and hydrogen heavy trucks. It could withstand operating temperatures above 100°C, which is important for maximizing its rated performance and lifespan. The Symbio NG2 will deliver between 130 kW and 160 kW of electrical power and will also last more than 20,000 hours. Serial production is scheduled for the end of 2026.

Conquering North America

Symbio is investing one billion euros in France to increase its production capacity to 100,000 systems per year. According to the brand, the objective by 2030 is to reach an annual turnover of 1.5 billion euros and a global production capacity of more than 200,000 systems per year.

Furthermore, Symbio seems determined to enter the North American market: its subsidiary Symbio North America has built its first production line in California and is expected to produce nearly 2,000 fuel cell systems per year by 2025. The company is also working on the “Symbio Central Valley Express” project, which aims to put a class 8 heavy truck demonstrator on the road hydrogen fuel cell, intended for regional transport in California. The idea is of course to demonstrate the relevance of hydrogen for decarbonizing heavy mobility, and to position itself as a leader on the American market.

Rob Del Core, General Manager of Symbio North America: “Customers who use Symbio’s hydrogen fuel cell technology have already covered more than 6 million kilometers on the road. We are confident that optimizing our StackPacks will help us rapidly grow our market share with automakers in the United States, especially in the popular SUV and light-duty pickup segments. »

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Symbio announces its new range of fuel cells

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