From tuning to manufacturing hydrogen vans. ABT joins the fuel cell party

Anyone who likes cars knows ABT. The German company is closely linked to Audi and is known for its preparations, but also for its work in all kinds of competitions, from the DTM to Formula E, passing through Extreme E, where it is in charge of the ABT Cupra team car.

Well, after more than 100 years focused on racing and tuning, ABT recently expanded its business to enter the world of electromobility and zero emission vans through its ABT e-Line division. This is how the ABT e-Transporter or the ABT e-Caddy were born.

Hydrogen as an alternative to batteries

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So far, all proposals for ABT e-Line They have relied on batteries, but ABT is aware that you cannot risk everything on this technology. According to the company itself, battery electric vans are only an alternative because they have limitations of use due to their autonomy and the time they take to recharge.

ABT points out that in express logistics it is common to go through daily distances of 800 kilometers and that to cover them with a battery electric van it would be necessary for its “battery” to have a capacity of about 300 kWh to cover those journeys without stopping to recharge.

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With today’s batteries that doesn’t make sense. It would be unfeasible due to size and weight, although it may be solved with the solid-state batteries that are on the way. In the meantime, solutions must be found and ABT has found one: the fuel cell of hydrogen.

ABT has just announced that it will bring to production a fuel cell system that will allow to transform a van with a thermal combustion engine in an electric one with a hydrogen fuel cell.

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the system is modularso it can be adapted to the different commercial vehicles of the Volkswagen Group with which ABT works, such as the Volkswagen Transporter, the Volkswagen Crafter or the MAN TGE.

ABT takes care of the entire conversion process, including the fuel tanks, which have to be at least two at 700 bar, but can be expanded to seven depending on the model. The more tanks, the greater the autonomy.

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ABT has not provided hard numbers for its system. It simply ensures that it has achieved “an increase in autonomy of several hundred kilometers” compared to the same models in battery electric version, but also compared to diesel Similar.

We also don’t know what the precio, although it is clear that it will not be cheap. You only have to see what the hydrogen vans of the Stellantis Group cost; The first of them has just been put up for sale in France and is available from 111,000 euros with a range of 400 km.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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