Hydrogen Revolution,
powered by Plastic Omnium

March 01, 2021
Launch of EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies

Discover our disruptive innovation in hydrogen mobility, unveiled during IAA Mobility 2021!

Storing energy, reducing emissions and inventing the way forward

At the heart of the automotive industry’s transformation, in a context of stricter environmental standards, Plastic Omnium helps automotive manufacturers to develop technologies for all engine types: gasoline, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Leading the way in clean technology, the Group is designing innovative hydrogen solutions for zero-emission electric mobility.

Air, hydrogen and electricity on board: the zero-emission hydrogen car in six key points

Plastic Omnium is confident that hydrogen will play a major role in the clean mobility of the future. Leading the way in this technology, the Group has invested €200 million since 2015 to increase our expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain.
With R&D centers in Europe and China, targeted acquisitions as EKPO and our Open Innovation ecosystem, Plastic Omnium’s Hydrogen Revolution is well under way.

HIGH-PRESSURE HYDROGEN STORAGE

Our know-how? Designing and producing high-pressure type IV hydrogen vessels, composed of a liner encased in a carbon-fiber shell. Our expertise in filament winding enabled us to obtain European and international certifications in 2019, followed by our first truck contracts.

10% lighter than the Type 3 equivalent with metal liner
European (EC79) & international (R134) certifications
1-minute fill time for 1 kg
of hydrogen = 100 km range
Zero emissions
Range unaffected by weather conditions
Up to 700 km range with less than 5 minutes’ fill time

FUEL CELL STACK

The fuel cell makes it possible to generate electricity on board of the vehicle by chemical reaction and to power an electric motor with zero CO2 emissions.
This offers considerable advantages now that clean mobility is both a legal obligation and imperative for our planet.. A sizeable asset, while clean mobility is today a regulatory obligation and an ardent necessity for our planet.

Integrated hydrogen system

The hydrogen system includes the fuel cell stack and “balance of plant” components. A complex system comprising 120 to 150 parts, it manages four complementary integrated functions: Thermal Control, Electronic Flow Management, Compressed Air and Humidifier.

Our manufacturing capabilities