Having inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today (Oct 18), the duo aims to boost bus, truck, rail, marine and off-road applications with it zero-emissions solutions.

Marking the state of a long-term collaboration, the strategic partnership will see co-design, co-development, production market and sales of the fuel cell-battery solutions.

Under such plans, Ballard will supply the fuel cell system and related controls, and Foresee Power will supply the battery system and related battery management system, cooling system and high voltage DC/DC conversion system.

On the collaboration, Randy MacEwan, President and CEO of Ballard, said, “A key element of our corporate strategy is to simplify the fuel cell electric vehicle experience for OEM customers and end users.

“Our clear goal is to create more value for our customers. We are working to improve FCEV powertrain and vehicle performance, lower lifecycle costs, and simplify powertrain and vehicle systems integration and service. We believe fuel cells and batteries are highly complementary and can be integrated together in a smart and compelling architecture that optimises performance.

“Today, OEM customers typically procure the various pieces of the fuel cell and battery powertrain separately, and then need to integrate them together. By offering pre-designed and fully optimised and integrated fuel cell-battery solutions to our customers, we expect to ease implementation friction points.

“Our exciting partnership with Forsee Power represents an important step to achieve our goal. Together, we plan to accelerate scaled adoption of hydrogen FCEVs in heavy-duty mobility applications.”

Christophe Gurtner, Chairman and CEO of Forsee Power, added, “I am delighted with the signing of this strategic MOU with Ballard, with whom we share the same ambition to develop sustainable, zero emission mobility.

“This partnership is expected to provide key strategic advantages: technological know-how, industrial capacities, and geographical coverage to capture the growth of the hydrogen vehicle market.

“While the climate emergency urges the transport sector to accelerate its energy transition, it will be a game changer to advance hydrogen mobility, bringing a stronger offering of zero-emission technologies to our OEM customers for road, rail and marine applications.”

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