Ballard signs research deal with Volkswagen
German automaker to use Canadian fuel cells in future demo cars.
Vancouver — Ballard Power Systems announced it has signed an agreement with Volkswagen Group for an engineering services contract to develop fuel cells for use in powering demonstration cars in Volkswagen’s fuel cell automotive research program. The contract term is for 4-years, with an option for a 2-year extension. The expected contract value is in the range of CAD$60-100 million.
“This research agreement with Ballard demonstrates our commitment to the development of clean energy fuel cell transportation alternatives,” said Dr. Juergen Leohold, Head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG. “I anticipate accelerating our automotive fuel cell program as a result of this collaborative effort, which will bring together additional fuel cell skills and expertise in both organizations.”
Work will involve the design and manufacture of a next-generation fuel cell for use in Volkswagen HyMotion demonstration cars. According to the company, Ballard engineers will take the lead in areas of fuel cell product design – including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack components – along with testing and integration work.