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The first demonstrator vehicle for a novel new hydrogen fuel cell technology is in development by MAHLE Powertrain. Demonstrator delivery vehicle for new hydrogen fuel cell technology nears debut

The first demonstrator vehicle for a novel new hydrogen fuel cell technology is in development by MAHLE Powertrain.

Alongside hydrogen fuel cell specialist, Bramble Energy, MAHLE Powertrain is helping to optimise the integration of the company’s Printed Circuit Board Fuel Cell (PCBFC™) technology within the powertrain of a Renault Kangoo ZE. The vehicle, which will be unveiled in 2021, will showcase the reduced-cost, high performance potential of high-power density liquid cooled fuel cells.

“Hydrogen is certainly a viable option for the light commercial vehicle sector,” says Jonathan Hall, MAHLE Powertrain’s head of research & advanced engineering projects. “We are delighted to be working with Bramble Energy on such an exciting and timely project. The commercial vehicle sector is currently exploring alternative fuel options as several large fleet operators pledge to meet net-zero CO2 emission. PCBFC™ technology provides a high-power density solution that is perfectly suited to typical commercial vehicle duty cycles. In addition, we hope accelerated development of fuel cell technologies will have the knock-on effect of inspiring increased deployment of supporting infrastructure for areas where it is currently lacking.”

“We’re excited to be working with MAHLE Powertrain on this integration project and to be so close to showcasing the benefits of our PCBFC™ technology in a liquid-cooled application,” says Dr Tom Mason, Bramble Energy CEO and CTO. “Delivery of this project will be a milestone moment for both Bramble Energy and net-zero CV powertrains, and we cannot wait to demonstrate the tangible performance and cost benefits to the CV industry.”