MAHLE and Ballard Power Systems Inc., a Canadian fuel cell manufacturer, have agreed to work together on developing fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles of various weight classes.
The long-term goal of the cooperation is to manufacture complete fuel cell systems for the North American, European 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 is bringing its experience in the areas of thermal management, power electronics and packaging.
“Climate-neutral hydrogen is the energy carrier of the future and, at the same time, key for the achievement of climate targets for medium and heavy commercial vehicles,” says Dr. Jörg Stratmann, chairman of the MAHLE management board and CEO. “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.”
MAHLE has been a series supplier for fuel cell vehicles for several years. The technology group – based in Stuttgart, Germany – holds a strong position in the complex air intake system, the electronics and the temperature control of fuel cell systems.