ElringKlinger and VDL Bus & Coach are working together to establish the hydrogen fuel cell as a pioneering drive technology within the commercial vehicle sector over the coming years.
The German spare car parts manufacturer and Dutch vehicle manufacturer have finalised a deal that will see the two companies develop and industrialise fuel cell stacks and systems for mobile and stationary applications, such as gensets, hybrid vehicles or vehicles with range extender.
ElringKlinger and VDL want to bring the developed fuel cell systems to production maturity in the coming year.
Under the partnership, ElringKlinger said it will focus on the customer-specific development and production of fuel cell stacks, and VDL will be primarily responsible for system integration and testing under real conditions.
“With this cooperation, we are not only intensifying our collaboration with VDL in fuel cell technology, but also creating the basis for further developing hydrogen-based drive technologies for heavy duty mobility,” said Armin Diez, Vice-President Fuel Cell at ElringKlinger
Together with our contractual partner, we are working towards establishing the fuel cell as a pioneering drive technology within the commercial vehicle sector over the coming years,” commented Armin Diez, Vice President Fuel Cell at ElringKlinger.
Henk Coppens, CEO of VDL Bus & Coach, added, “As a frontrunner in the field of sustainable mobility solutions, VDL Bus & Coach strongly believes that hydrogen will become an important and strategic part of our portfolio.”
“VDL’s motto is ‘strength through cooperation’ and I am pleased that we can fulfil this motto for the subject of hydrogen with this cooperation with ElringKlinger.”
With expertise within the area of complete fuel cell systems, ElringKlinger’s Austrian subsidiary ElringKlinger Fuelcell Systems Austria (EKAT) will also contribute to the partnership.
Once the fuel cell stacks joint venture between Plastic Omnium and ElringKlinger, EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, is created and the acquisition of EKAT is completed in early 2021, ElringKlinger said Plastic Omnium will also contribute.