Ballard Power Systems and Quantron AG’s first fuel cell electric vehicles, combining QUANTRON's vehicle engineering with Ballard's fuel cell technology, are ready for delivery to customers. These new vehicles include the heavy-duty truck Quantron QHM FCEV and the light-duty Quantron QLI FCEV.
Both zero-emission vehicles feature a significantly longer range and a shorter refueling time compared to battery electric models. They also offer a complete integration of all fuel cell components into the frame structure of the Quantron QHM FCEV and the QLI FCEV, which means that no compromises have to be made in terms of trailer length and payload while also allowing standard bodybuilder build-up structures as in their diesel counterparts.Read more: REE expands electric vehicle offerings with P7-C chassis cabs
"We are extremely proud to have achieved this important milestone together with Ballard,” said Tim Sautter, team lead, Q-Light & Corporate PM. “The collaboration between the engineering teams in Augsburg (Bavaria) and Vancouver (Canada) has been exceptional. We shortened the overall process from feasibility study to delivery to 18 months, bringing the Quantron QLI FCEV on the road and in customers hands in record time. This led to a superior product, where the fuel cell system is optimized for the individual vehicle based on customer use-cases."
A European customer has already received the first five QLI FCEVs, with one unit having accomplished 9 miles (15 km) in daily operations in a trial with the customer.
“We're excited to see the partnership with QUANTRON expand into the light-duty vehicle segment and increase fuel cell deployment into the critical last-mile transport market,” said Randy MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems. "Combining QUANTRON and Ballard's respective technical strengths and market expertise, our teams are committed to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen mobility in the freight sector by bringing high-performing fuel cell engines to market."
Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG, also reported that the company has an order and offer pipeline of up to 100 units for their new fuel cell vehicles.
For more, please visit www.quantron.net.