Revealed yesterday (May 9), the RAM 2500 truck chassis has been used to showcase it’s concept system, with testing of the platform having already commenced and expected to continue into 2023.

The demonstration comes after Linamar and Ballard announced their strategic partnership in May 2021, to co-develop fuel cell powertrains for class 1 and 2 vehicles.

Using Ballard’s heavy duty fuel cell module, the FCmove-HD+, Ballard claims its newest module has a ‘lower lifecycle cost’ while maintaining the performance of previous generation modules.

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO at Linamar, said, “The work our teams have accomplished through this partnership to commercialise fuel cell solutions for light duty vehicles is truly transformative.

“This demonstration concept will make the evolution from Battery Electric Vehicles to Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles seamless and drive real change in terms of environmental sustainability.”

The demonstration platform features Linamar’s ‘rolling chassis concept’ which highlights its ‘advanced electrification and fuel cell technology’ under its new sub-brand, eLIN.

eLIN is showcasing its ‘FlexForm conformable hydrogen storage system’ which claims to provide customers efficient hydrogen storage of up to 25% more storage capability than conventional tanks.

Randy MacEwen, CEO at Ballard Power Systems, commented, “We are encouraged by this demonstration milestone with Linamar to create leading zero-emission vehicles for class 1 and 2 trucks.

“We believe the evolution of our technology and strategic partnership with Linamar continues to position us at the forefront in this growing market.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.