The facility has been designed to leverage and extend Ricardo’s expertise in zero emissions mobility solutions and form part of a global centre of excellence for hydrogen, defossilised fuels and electrified transport engineering.

Delivering modern test and advanced development capabilities in both alternative fuels and electric vehicles, the facility will significantly increase the range of hydrogen and fuel cell services and solutions delivered to Ricardo’s global customers.

Matt Beasley, President of Established Mobility at Ricardo, said the Shoreham Technical Centre enables it to offer a one-stop-shop for customers: from design and development, right through to the testing and integration of alternative fuel technologies, such as hydrogen, to support future production planning.

He said, “We’re already working with a range of customers on hydrogen and fuel cell technology, providing clean, efficient solutions, which reduce carbon and emissions across several sectors.”

The facility will enable Ricardo to correlate simulation and modelling tools with real life, to support faster and a more efficient design of powertrains, and will also be able to test bespoke multi-stack systems, designed and optimised for weight, cost and efficiency.

Last month Ricardo and Manufacture 2030 (M2030) agreed on a strategic partnership which aims to give companies across the value chain the confidence they need to rapidly reduce carbon emissions and meet their climate targets.