Engaged in an ambitious electrified offensive, Volvo believes that the hydrogen car is not a good investment
CONTROVERSE – Less than three after announcing that all of its models will be systematically offered with electrified engines from 2019, Volvo is now able to offer four types of powertrains: petrol, diesel, the hybrid (rechargeable and light) and the 100% electric. Only the Swedish manufacturer’s supply is lacking in hydrogen.
Håkan Samuelsson, head of Volvo Cars, recently announced that hydrogen technology is not yet on the automaker's schedule. Swedish company CEO even said it was a waste of money in a conference call with German journalists at a time when every penny account and that it was unreasonable to work in parallel on the battery and hydrogen electric car (fuel cell).
"We cannot afford to develop the two technologies in parallel," he told reporters. He is no doubt referring to certain European manufacturers who have just announced their intention to inject a large sum of money into fuel cell technology, in addition to the sums invested in all-electric.
An efficiency lower than 100% electric
According to the senior official of the Gothenburg firm, owned by the Chinese group Geely, for the time being, in terms of efficiency and performance, "an electric vehicle is better than a hydrogen car". Indeed, in recent years, research in the field of batteries has progressed enormously and now allows a greater autonomy and can recharge faster.
Registrations: when hydrogen is 10 years behind the electric
For example, Volvo’s first 100% electric model is now available to order in France for just under € 60,000. As standard, the XC40 offers a range of 400 km on the WLTP combined cycle thanks to a battery with an energy capacity of 78 kWh.
An accumulator that recharges in particular using an 11 kW on-board charger which allows you to fill up with energy in 5 hours. And thanks to its high power charging device (150 kW), the battery can be recharged from 10 to 80% in 40 minutes on an IONITY type station.