Ineos Automotive, a division of British chemical compounds large Ineos Group, has launched a zero-emissions model of its Grenadier off-roader on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace. The Grenadier Demonstrator will probably be powered by BMW Group’s hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.
The Grenadier FCEV demo car is equivalent to the ICE-powered Grenadier SUV, apart from the facility bulge on the bonnet which homes the extra peak of the gasoline cell. The bulge is not going to be current within the manufacturing mannequin.
The SUV’s ladder-frame platform is versatile, which allowed its engineers to combine the hydrogen gasoline cell powertrain by modifying the chassis and the rear axle. The torque vectoring functionality of the electrical drive items will ship “excellent management and maneuverability in all off-road circumstances,” as per Ineos.
Furthermore, the hydrogen-powered Grenadier has undergone rigorous testing, together with off-road trials within the Austrian mountains. “There was no compromise to its on- and off-road capabilities or towing capacities,” mentioned the corporate in an announcement.
Powertrain particulars are scarce in the mean time, so we don’t understand how the hydrogen mannequin would evaluate to its ICE counterpart, which is at the moment on sale in Europe. It is manufactured on the model’s facility in Hambach, Germany.
BMW makes use of its gasoline cell know-how on the iX5 SUV, which has a spread of 313 miles on the WLTP cycle and may refuel in about three to 4 minutes. Within the iX5, hydrogen is saved in two carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic tanks, which may maintain six kilograms of hydrogen.
Here is what Lynn Calder, the CEO of Ineos Automotive, mentioned concerning the Grenadier Demonstrator’s Goodwood Pageant of Pace debut:
The hydrogen-powered Grenadier Demonstrator together with our all-electric mannequin due in 2026, reveals Ineos’ dedication to web zero. BEVs are excellent for sure makes use of, shorter journeys, most non-public automobile journeys, and concrete deliveries, while Hydrogen FCEVs are extra fitted to longer journeys, and heavy responsibility cycles the place batteries influence an excessive amount of on payload and the place the long-range between stops are needed.
The corporate additionally has plans to launch a BEV in 2026, which will probably be constructed underneath contract manufacturing at Magna-Steyr’s Graz, Austria facility. The Fisker Ocean can be constructed on the identical facility.
The most recent announcement signifies that the model accelerated its FCEV push after studies of growth delays, resulting from a scarcity of hydrogen charging infrastructure, emerged in January 2023. Ineos Automotive’s former CEO Dirk Heilmann had mentioned that the hydrogen Grenadier wouldn’t arrive till 2027. Since then the corporate’s prime administration modified – it appointed a brand new CEO and COO.
That mentioned, the ICE variations of the old-school off-roader will arrive in the USA and Canada within the first quarter of 2024, with costs beginning at $71,500 within the US.
The Ineos model title might sound acquainted if you happen to watch Method One. Ineos stickers are plastered on the again of the rear wing, and likewise on the perimeters of the air consumption of the Mercedes-AMG Method 1 automobile. Ineos owns a one-third stake within the German motorsport outfit.