Mahle and Canadian fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems, have agreed to work together in the future on developing fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles of various weight classes.
The long-term goal of the cooperation will be to manufacture complete fuel cell systems for the European, North American, and Asian markets. During the first phase of the cooperation, Ballard will be primarily responsible for system design relating to the fuel cell stack. Mahle will bring its experience in the areas of thermal management, power electronics, and packaging.
Dr. Jörg Stratmann, Chairman of the Mahle Management Board and CEO, explained: “Hydrogen as a climate-neutral energy carrier is the solution for CO2-neutral mobility and the achievement of climate targets for medium and heavy commercial vehicles. Through our cooperation with Ballard, we will provide a strong stimulus to the development of fuel cell drives that are suitable for large-scale production.”
Randy MacEwen, CEO of Ballard Power Systems, added: “Given increasing policy support for low-emission powertrains in particular, we are pleased to work with Mahle on driving forward our shared vision of carbon-neutral heavy-duty transport.”