Mahle and Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems Inc. have agreed to work together in the future on developing fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles of various weight classes.
The companies say the long-term goal of the cooperation is 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 is bringing its extensive 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” said Dr. Jörg Stratmann, chairman of the Mahle management board and chief executive officer. “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.”