Rüsselsheim (dpa) - The car manufacturer Opel is starting the series production of light commercial vehicles with fuel cells.

By the end of 2023, around 2000 vans are to be equipped with the technology in a small series in Rüsselsheim, said Opel boss Michael Lohscheller of the business platform “Business Insider” (Tuesday).

The Opel parent plant near Frankfurt is the fuel cell competence center of the newly formed Stellantis Group.

The first vehicles of the Opel Vivaro and its group sister models are to be delivered this year, as the company has confirmed.

In the light commercial vehicle segment, hydrogen has a good chance, said Lohscheller.

"We have been researching there for 20 years and can see that the CO2 balance of green hydrogen is excellent."

In fuel cell technology, which is also being promoted by Toyota, BMW and Daimler, hydrogen and oxygen react emission-free in the car.

The electricity produced is then used to drive the vehicle's electric motor.

The prices of the hydrogen Opel are higher than those of comparable diesel models, which, according to Lohscheller, is put into perspective over the overall service life of the vehicles.


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