GAZelle NEXT Based Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles for Germany
GAZ Group, together with ElektrofahrzeugeStuttgart, are implementing a project to develop and put into operation fuel cell electric vehicles, based on GAZelle NEXT in Germany. In 1HY 2022, Road Maintenance and Construction Department of Esslingen will get two GAZelle NEXT-based fuel cell electric vehicles. The new fuel cell electric vehicle will be based on the 4.6t double-cabin GAZelle NEXT platform. AZ vehicles will get fuel cells, hydrogen storage and feeding systems, traction batteries and an electric motor. The main advantage of fuel cell electric vehicles is the autonomous range, increased from 200 to 500 km.
The first prototypes of GAZelle NEXT-based fuel cell electric vehicles are to be tested and certified in Europe in the next few months to go into road maintenance and construction operation in Esslingen in 1HY 2022. The fuel cell electric vehicles based on “GAZelle NEXT” will be manufactured in Germany.
GAZ Group and EFA-S have been partners since 2019. Conversion of “GAZelle NEXT” trucks, vans and buses into electric vehicles was organized in Germany as a co-project. After the fuel cell electric vehicles based on GAZelle NEXT become available in Germany, the complete concept of commercial electric vehicles will offer the customers a choice between traction batteries or fuel cells.