Stellantis has announced quite a relevant news dealing with hydrogen fuel cell development. Jean-Michel Billig (pictured below), former Naval Group executive, will join Stellantis as Chief Technology Officer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development, effective June 27, 2022. Besides, Opel Brand CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz will take on the additional role of piloting commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles worldwide.

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Jean-Michel Blliig

Late last year, Stellantis began customer deliveries of its efficient Fuel Cell Zero Emission solution that combines the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells and electric battery technology in a fuel cell electric vehicle. This solution is particularly suited to the needs of light commercial vehicle customers requiring long-range, fast refueling and zero-emissions, all without compromising payload capacity.

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Who’s Jean-Michel Billig, the new Stellantis CTO for hydrogen development

Jean-Michel Billig started his career in 1988 at Aerospatiale in the Helicopter Division, before moving to Schlumberger Industries. After several years working in automotive and aerospace, in 2017 Billig joined Naval Group as EVP of the Australian Future Submarine Program. Billig will report to Harald Wester, Chief Engineering Officer and functionally to Ned Curic, Chief Technology Officer.

«Jean-Michel’s broad spectrum of experiences in aircraft, aerospace, automotive and naval industries will contribute to bringing additional ideas to boost our ambition in hydrogen fuel cell sales and address the widest range of zero emission mobility requirements», said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO. «Having Jean-Michel and Uwe in these complementary roles illustrates our commitment to enhancing our leadership in hydrogen fuel cell technology and reaching the ambitious sustainability goals of our Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan».

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