Colombian systems integrator of batteries and fuel cells, Opex, and Spanish electric powertrain provider, Avia Ingeniería, are both looking to trial hydrogen-electric vehicles in 2023, according to the Canadian company.
H2 View understands Loop has entered into the Pilot Phase of the Customer Adoption Cycle with both companies, expanding its presence in the European market, while establishing its first relationship in the South American market.
Opex is planning to develop a logistics truck using Loop’s S300 (30kW) fuel cell as a range extender, which once built is expected to be trailed by a local fleet operator.
While Avia Ingeniería intend to use the same fuel cell as a range extender in a tractor-trailer transport truck, which is part of the ShineFleet project, featuring various Spanish technology and engineering companies. A logistics fleet operator is anticipated to integrate the truck into its service routes once operational in 2023.
Loop’s new customers follow on from the company progressing to the scale-up phase with Slovakian bus manufacturer, Mobility & Innovation in July (2022), as well as establishing a multi-year fuel cell supply agreement with UK-based Tevva.
Commenting on the latest customers, George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer at Loop Energy, said, “We’ve seen positive growth when it comes to using fuel cells in medium-duty electric trucks. Our team continues to identify manufacturers and fleet operators committed to the deployment of hydrogen-electric fleets worldwide. It is great to see Opex and Avia Ingeniería setting a positive example in their respective markets.”
Exclusive: Loop Energy CEO dicusses new tech, the company’s evolution, and hopes for the future
On Monday (September 19), Loop Energy unveiled its ‘landmark’ 120kW fuel cell system which it believes is set to be a game-changer for hydrogen-powered mobility.
Ahead of its launch at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover, Germany, H2 View spoke with Ben Nyland, President and CEO of Loop Energy to learn more about the new technology, the company’s path to a leadership position in the sector, and what lies ahead in its future.
H2 View (H2V): Thank you for taking the time to speak to H2 View today. To kick things off, for the benefit of our readers, could you tell us more about Loop Energy, its origins and activities, in your own words?
Ben Nyland (BN): Like most overnight success stories, Loop has got some history behind it. The company was founded in the year 2000 in a city just outside of Vancouver, by a founder who was motivated to do something about the pollution that he was seeing in the Vancouver area. He decided to start a fuel cell company. He was an entrepreneur, didn’t know anything about fuel cells, but gathered a group of smart people and started working on the on the problem of making fuel cells economic. In that process, that little group of people discovered the technology that we call eFlow™ today.
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