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Ballard, Linamar to jointly develop fuel cell powertrains

Ballard, Linamar to jointly develop fuel cell powertrains

A new strategic alliance announced Monday (3rd May) will see Ballard Power Systems and Linamar Corporation jointly co-develop and sell fuel cell powertrains and components for class one and two vehicles in North America and Europe.

Both companies view fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as key in decarbonising the transportation sector in order to reach strategic climate goals.

In the initial phase of work under a framework agreement, a fuel cell powertrain solution will be developed, with Ballard providing the fuel cell subsystem and Linamar providing the rolling chassis, tanks, enclosures, cradles and other balance of plant needs as well as final assembly.

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Following successful testing of the demonstration platform, the two companies will look into the formation of a joint venture to sell and support power trains with fuel cell systems.

As well as this, an interchangeable rolling chassis could also be utilised in a range of light-duty class one and two vehicles including passenger cars, SUV’s, light trucks and commercial vans.

In light of this, there is a growing demand for FCEVs that can operate on long duty cycles, without payload compromise, and can be rapidly refuelled in order to maximise fleet utilisation.

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar, said, “The establishment of this partnership to commercialise solutions for light duty vehicles using fuel cell technology is transformative for the future of mobility and combines the global technology leadership of two great Canadian businesses.

“Our plug and play concept will make the evolution from battery electric vehicles to FCEV seamless and drive real change in terms of environmental sustainability.”

Randy MacEwen, President and CEO of Ballard, said, “In addition to our existing joint working relationship on the recently announced UPS delivery vans trial in California, we now deepen our collaboration based on a joint vision to provide zero-emission fuel cell powertrains for light-duty vehicles, particularly those that require long range, extended duty cycle and rapid refuelling.”

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When Ballard Power Systems announced the company’s second quarter financial results back in August, President and CEO Randy MacEwen described how “there are clear signals that the hydrogen and fuel cell industry is at an exciting stage in its evolution.” Whilst that might appear an obvious statement to many, if any company is well positioned to make such observations it is Ballard.

A leading global designer and manufacturer of zero-emission fuel cell engines for heavy-duty mobility, Ballard has been the gold standard for fuel cell technology leadership and performance for many years and was also one of the first members of the Hydrogen Council, no less.

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