Ballard and Quantron Unveil Fuel Cell Trucks

Ballard Power Systems, a pioneer in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology, has joined forces with Quantron AG, a German leader in sustainable passenger and freight transport. The collaboration has led to the launch of fuel cell electric commercial vehicles, marking the next phase of a partnership initiated in September 2021.

Why It Matters

The alliance between Ballard and Quantron aims to accelerate the transition to zero-emission freight transport. The collaboration stands as an important milestone in advancing hydrogen-powered transportation solutions, particularly in the commercial vehicle sector. The vehicles delivered are promising not just in terms of reducing emissions, but also in increasing efficiency and payload capabilities for the freight industry.

Key Points

  • The partnership focuses on integrating Ballard’s high-performance FCmove™ fuel cell modules into Quantron’s commercial vehicles.
  • Two key models have emerged from this partnership: the QUANTRON QHM FCEV heavy-duty truck and the QUANTRON QLI FCEV light-duty truck.
    • The QUANTRON QHM FCEV holds the title of current European range champion, boasting 54 KG H2 at 700 bar.
    • The QUANTRON QLI FCEV is a leader in the fuel cell market for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons.
  • Both models offer extended driving range and quick refueling time compared to battery electric models.
  • Five units of the hydrogen-powered light transporters have already been delivered to a European customer, with one unit covering 15,000 km in daily operations during a trial period.

Bottom Line

The collaboration between Ballard and Quantron illustrates the power of strategic partnerships in driving significant advancements in sustainable transport solutions. Combining the fuel cell expertise of Ballard with Quantron’s vehicle engineering prowess, these companies have successfully brought high-performing, hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles to market. With an order and offer pipeline of up to 100 units, the partnership is positioned to make a notable impact on accelerating the adoption of hydrogen mobility in the freight sector.


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