ENGIE inaugurates the largest hydrogen utility fleet and the first alternative multi-fuel station in France

By ENGIE - 07 June 2018 - 12:00

ENGIE inaugurates the largest hydrogen utility fleet

Located in the heart of the International Market of Rungis, this station will power a fleet of 50 hydrogen-powered Renault Kangoo Z.E. utility vehicles, recently made available for long-term rental through Alphabet, a leader in mobility solutions for companies.

These vehicles will be used by ENGIE Cofely technicians to ensure multi-technical operations and maintenance work for commercial buildings in the Ile-de-France.


Equipped with extended hydrogen autonomy systems by Symbio, the leading European outfitter for hydrogen mobility solutions, these electric vehicles neither produce particles nor gas emissions and are further enhanced with a reduced recharge time and greater autonomy.


This station has a provisional refueling capacity of 20 kg/day in hydrogen but should increase rapidly to 80 kg/day. This scale corresponds to the immediate needs of current vehicles in the south of Paris. The definitive installation will produce renewable hydrogen on site with an electrolyser powered solely by renewable energy. The hydrogen station is designed, manufactured and integrated by McPhy, a leader in production, storage and hydrogen distribution equipment that serves the energy transition.

The whole project has been given financial support from the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).


With a stream of more than 25 000 vehicles per day, the Rungis Market, which offers free motorway toll to all clean vehicles that use the station for refueling, is a strategic location for the development of green mobility for freight transport in Ile-de-France.


As the quality of air is a major public health issue, accelerating the development of green mobility is even more important given that the transport sector is responsible for 35% of the carbon emissions in France.


ENGIE positions itself as a forerunner in this revolution. The Group develops solutions that cover the full range of green mobility technologies, adapting to all uses of the personal vehicle freight transport. ENGIE owns, through its subsidiary GNVert, more than 150 alternative fuel stations in France.


ENGIE is also an international leader on the recharging infrastructures market for electric vehicles, with a presence in 30 countries and 980 cities around the world. Mobility is not the only area of application for renewable hydrogen, notably in the area of large-scale energy storage. For ENGIE, renewable hydrogen is one of the missing links needed to construct a more sustainable energy system. This conviction led the Group to create in the beginning of 2018 a business unit with a global vocation dedicated to this market in the making.


We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.
Our integrated - low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable - offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working. Our ambition is conveyed by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they form a community of imaginative builders who invent and build today solutions for tomorrow.
2017 turnover: 65 billion Euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utilities) and extra-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).



About ENGIE Cofely

ENGIE Cofely is one of the leaders in the energy transition in France. An energy and environmental efficiency service company, ENGIE Cofely offers businesses and communities solutions to better use energy and reduce their environmental impact. Its expertise is based on long-term know-how: the improvement of the energy performance of buildings, the local production of renewable energies, multi-technical maintenance and Facility Management. ENGIE Cofely is committed to corporate social responsibility with its clients, whether public or private. ENGIE Cofely employs 12,000 people and generated a turnover of 2.7 billion euros in 2017. ENGIE Cofely is part of the ENGIE Group, which is one of the world's leading energy companies.



Since 1998, GNVERT, a subsidiary of the ENGIE Group, has been offering its expertise to companies and local authorities to offer tailor-made solutions for green mobility. GNVERT is the leader in France of refueling solutions for alternative fuels (CNG, BioGNC, LNG, Hydrogen ...) and operates nearly 150 stations, including 4 with hydrogen. GNVERT also recently won the top two markets for the refueling of the first H2 bus lines in France (Pau, Lens-Artois-Béthune).


About McPhy

Specialist in equipment for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen, McPhy contributes to the deployment of clean hydrogen throughout the world as a solution for energy transition.
Thanks to its wide range of product and services dedicated to the hydrogen energy, zero emission mobility and industrial hydrogen, McPhy provides turnkey solutions to its clients. These solutions are tailored to our client applications; renewable energy surplus storage and valorization, fuel cell car refueling, raw material for industrial sites. As a designer, manufacturer, and integrator of hydrogen equipment since 2008, McPhy has three development, engineering and production sites based in Europe (France, Italy, Germany). The company’s international subsidiaries ensure a global sales coverage of McPhy’s innovative hydrogen solutions.
McPhy is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (Segment C, ISIN code: FR0011742329; ticker: MCPHY).


About Symbio

A new generation of parts manufacturer, Symbio designs hydrogen fuel cell kits that can be incorporated into various different types of electric vehicles (utility vehicles, vans, buses, freight vehicles, boats, etc.) and are associated with a range of digital services (vehicle repairs, remote fleet management, etc.). Once equipped, these vehicles provide enhanced ease of use (fueled in three minutes, autonomy twice that of their battery equivalents, etc.) all while remaining “zero emission”. There are several hundreds of these vehicles – for the most part light utility vehicles, such as the Kangoo ZE H2) – on the roads in France and across Europe. Founded in 2010, the CEA, ENGIE and Michelin all own a stake in Symbio.


About the SEMMARIS

The Rungis International Market, with an area of 234 hectares just outside of Paris, is a true ecosystem serving French food consumption, the urban logistics for fresh products, the valorization of our terroirs and our gastronomic heritage, the maintenance of the specialized retail trade and the animation of city centers. 1201 companies, 12,000 employees, 2.8 million tons of products marketed each year, for a total turnover of nearly 9 billion euros. Founded in 1965, SEMMARIS is the managing company of the Rungis International Market, having as main missions the development, the exploitation, the marketing and the promotion of the infrastructures of the Market of Rungis. SEMMARIS achieved a turnover of 108 million euros in 2016 and currently employs 235 people. For more information:


About Renault

Renault, the leading French brand in the world, is sold in 134 countries at nearly 12,000 dealerships. For 120 years, Renault has put its know-how to use in the development and production of commercial vehicles. Today, Renault markets a wide range of commercial vehicles ranging from minivans to large vans: Kangoo, available in 65 different versions, Trafic in 270 versions, Master in 350 versions and more recently the Alaskan pick-up. Renault is the European leader in the van and electric UV segment, with a 30.2% market share in 2017. Renault has a unique electric utility line with Twizy Cargo, ZOE Société, Kangoo Z.E. and the brand-new Master Z.E. This complete range from quadricycles to large vans meets the different needs of professional customers with loading capacities ranging from 180 liters to 22m3.
Kangoo Z.E. is the best-selling electric utility vehicle in Europe since 2011.
In France, Renault is the leader in light commercial vehicles with a 30.4% market share, and the Kangoo Z.E. with 48.6% of the market share in the electric LCV segment at the end of May 2018.


About Alphabet

As a leader in mobility solutions in Europe, Australia and China, Alphabet supports and advises companies in implementing cost-effective and sustainable mobility solutions. A subsidiary of the BMW Group, Alphabet has recognized expertise in fleet management and long-term leasing, both locally and internationally. In addition to consulting and financing, Alphabet offers innovative and tailor-made products and services to precisely meet the needs of companies for the management of their fleet.
Alphabet is present in 21 countries and manages for its customers a fleet of more than 680,000 vehicles. In France, Alphabet manages a portfolio of more than 97,000 vehicles of all brands for its customers and ranks fourth in the multi-brand long-term rental market.
With its expertise and mastery of new technologies, Alphabet is a pioneer in the creation of innovative mobility solutions, such as AlphaElectric, a complete solution for the integration of electric vehicles in company fleets, AlphaCity, a car-sharing offer specially designed for companies, or AlphaGuide, a mobility app for drivers.