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18 October 2021

Ineos will use Hyundai's fuel cell (FCEV) powertrain technology for a hydrogen-fuelled concept version of the Grenadier 4x4, which is highly likely to evolve into a series-production car.

As part of a wide-reaching plan to ramp up its investment in hydrogen technology, Ineos will build the prototype in partnership with UK-based engineering firm AVL, ahead of on- and off-road testing beginning by the end of 2022. 

AVL recently worked with Ford on a similarly conceived, one-off FCEV version of the Transit van, which will be used in a long-running trial programme to determine the viability and capability of hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles. 

It is not yet confirmed exactly which powertrain the Grenadier FCEV will use. Hyundai currently sells the Nexo with a 95kWh fuel cell and a 159bhp EV motor, but will usher in a heavily updated powertrain in 2023, which will be more compact but offer improved efficiency and durability. 

Ineos's partnership with Hyundai, detailed in late 2020, has mutual benefits for both parties: Ineos gains access to one of the most mature hydrogen-fuelled powertrains on the market for use in its vehicles, while Hyundai can tap into the British chemical company's experience in producing and distributing hydrogen itself.

No date has been given for the retail roll-out of the Grenadier FCEV. The BMW-engined petrol and diesel variants will go on sale in the UK from July 2022

The announcement forms part of Ineos's wide-reaching commitment to popularising hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. It has already pledged €2 billion (£1.7bn) to its efforts in this area, and has today launched a 'hydrogen advocacy' campaign emphasising the benefits of the fuel source. 

Ineos claims to be "Europe's largest existing operator of electrolysis" – a means of hydrogen production – and says the 400,000 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen it produces each year is the equivalent of replacing "up to 2 billion litres of diesel".

Company boss Jim Ratcliffe said: “Electric cars are ideal for city centres and short journeys. But hydrogen is much better for longer journeys and heavier loads and that requires immediate investment in hydrogen distribution and hydrogen filling stations.

“The issue is that industry can only do so much, and the UK government must start to invest in the development of our hydrogen infrastructure to allow the gas to be much more widely used. At the moment, we are massively lagging behind Europe and the gap is starting to grow”.

As part of the company's hydrogen campaign, it will also display prominent billboards across London and Glasgow, tour the country in a hydrogen-fuelled bus and display a hydrogen-fuelled car at the COP26 summit in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

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HiPo 289 18 October 2021

A Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is only 30% efficient.  You have to generate renewable electricity, turn it into hydrogen, then put the hydrogen in the fuel cell, which then turns it back into electricity to power the electric motor and drive the car.  It's much more efficient to just put the renewable electricity straight into a battery electric car, which is about 90% efficient.  So you are driving 3x further on the same energy if you use an EV.  So why is Ineos trying to build a fuel cell Defender?  Because Ineos is a chemical company that makes liquid fuel.  It's in their interests, not ours.

macboy 18 October 2021

Unproven brand with unproven car introduces unproven powertrain for unconfirmed production at unspecified time in the future. Slow news day filled by Hydrogen-producing business owning billionaire self-promotion.

How about finish engineering it, stop hyping it, start selling it and then tell us what you're going to do in the future?

xxxx 18 October 2021

Anything for a an article in the press. Never going to happen so move on.