Vancouver-based Loop Energy, a leading provider of fuel cell electric range extenders for medium and heavy-duty transport applications, has announced a cash investment in the company from Cummins Inc.
The news comes as the latest sign of Cummins stepping up its investment in a zero emissions future, having recently completed the acquisition of Hydrogenics and, earlier in the summer, Efficient Drivetrains.
“Cummins is investing in a broad portfolio of power solutions, including advancements in hydrogen fuel cell technologies and the electrification of commercial applications,” said Thad Ewald, Vice-President of Corporate Strategy, Cummins.
“This investment is continued evidence of our commitment to next-generation trucking technologies, and we look forward to working with Loop Energy to further validate the provision of zero-emissions fuel cell range extenders for customers.”
Loop Energy provides zero-emission power systems for heavy-duty transportation applications, working with leading vehicle manufacturers to design and deliver carbon-free motive solutions using both electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining interest from transportation industry leaders as they can facilitate the transition from vehicles running on fossil fuels to sustainable electric solutions. In commercial transport applications, fuel cell range extended vehicles emit no greenhouse gas or pollutant emissions and there is no impact to vehicle payload weight, power demands or refuelling time compared to battery-only systems.
“Cummins investment in Loop Energy affirms the positioning of our company and technologies to meet the demand for a cost-effective alternative to the internal combustion engine in commercial trucking,” said Ben Nyland, President and CEO of Loop Energy.
“This new investment by Cummins is solid evidence of the traction we are gaining in the market through investments, customer orders, and vehicle demonstration programmes.”
Loop Energy will also supply Cummins with range extender systems for incorporation into demonstration trucks. Loop’s no-compromise module provides a breakthrough in terms of cost and power density, allowing truck operators to transition to zero-emissions without an impact to cost of ownership.