UPS electric van with fuel-cell range extender to be tested in California Page 2

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The program calls for retrofitting standard UPS trucks with fuel-cell electric drive systems specifically designed for commercial duty cycles.

UPS is partnering with the Center for Transportation and the Environment, Unique Electric Solutions, and the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics on the effort.

Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

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Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

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Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

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Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

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The well-known delivery service with its brown vans says it has invested $750 million in alternative propulsion research and development to improve its fuel efficiency, reduce its carbon emissions, and move toward zero-emission vehicles where practical.

Similar propulsion systems in much smaller modified Renault HyKangoo commercial vans operated by La Poste, the French postal service, have been on the road for three years now.

Symbio, the company that provided the hydrogen fuel-cell range extender for those Kangoo ZE electric vans, also announced a similar unit that can be fitted to Nissan e-NV200 all-electric taxis.

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