Ballard helped develop the proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cell system for the Kenworth...

Ballard helped develop the proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cell system for the Kenworth Zero Emissions Cargo Transport, a hydrogen fuel cell battery-electric heavy-duty truck.

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Ballard Power Systems will collaborate with Mahle on the development and commercialization of zero-emission fuel cell systems for both medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Mahle has been a series supplier for fuel cell vehicles for more than a decade, with its technology group developing air intake system and in the temperature control of fuel cell systems, as well as air filter solutions for fuel cells.

“Hydrogen and fuel cells are a cornerstone of CO2-neutral mobility, particularly with regard to road transport,” said Dr. Jörg Stratmann, chairman and CEO of Mahle. “This collaboration brings together Mahle’s strength in the automotive Tier 1 value chain and our vast expertise in the fuel cell periphery with Ballard’s industry leadership in PEM fuel cell technology and systems.” 

During the initial development phase, Ballard has prime responsibility for system design and the fuel cell stack sub-system, while Mahle’s scope of responsibility includes balance-of-plant components, thermal management and power electronics for the complete fuel cell system, or engine, as well as system assembly.

“With our shared vision on the role of fuel cell technology to decarbonize heavy-duty trucks and our complementary capabilities, we expect this collaboration with Mahle to result in development and commercialization of winning fuel cell engines for customers in the truck engine market in Europe and beyond, at a time where policies are mandating zero-emission powertrain solutions,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard CEO.

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