Ballard deepens partnership with Quantron AG
19 September 2022
Ballard Power Systems announced a minority equity investment in Quantron AG, a global electric vehicle integrator and emerging specialty OEM, to accelerate fuel cell truck adoption. As part of Quantron’s financing round of up to €50 million, Ballard’s investment proceeds will be used by Quantron to develop their truck fuel cell vehicle platforms, under the terms of a joint development agreement. Ballard will be the exclusive fuel cell supplier to Quantron for these platforms.
As part of the strategic partnership, Quantron committed to purchase 140 Ballard FCmove fuel cell modules totaling approximately 17 MW, with an option to purchase an additional 50 units. The fuel cell modules are expected to be delivered in 2023 and 2024.
The zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle platforms developed by Quantron will integrate Ballard fuel cell products for various truck applications in Europe and the US. Based in Augsburg, Germany, Quantron’s initial market focus is Germany, where its new 44T fuel cell truck is being unveiled at IAA Transportation 2022.
“We are seeing growing global demand and policy support for zero emission transport as companies strive to reach decarbonization targets. This collaboration accelerates our entry into the European truck market and aims to have Quantron’s initial hydrogen-powered, zero emission trucks on the road in the next 18 months,” said Randy MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems.
“Quantron is thrilled to advance our strategic partnership with Ballard. We see compelling mobility use cases where fuel cell engines are the most suitable zero emission solution, given the power and range requirements of the application,” added Andreas Haller, founder, and Chairman of Quantron AG.
Pursuant to its strategic investment, Ballard will have the right to appoint a representative to Quantron’s board of directors.