Intelligent Energy, the Loughborough-headquartered fuel cell engineering company, has secured funding via the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to lead a programme that integrates Intelligent Energy’s latest generation high powered fuel cell system into SUVs for Changan, China’s fourth largest car manufacturer, and buses for ADL, the UK’s leading bus manufacturer.
The project will secure the UK’s position at the forefront of the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle market. Working with Alexander Dennis and Changan UK R&D Centre, the company will establish a UK fuel-cell production capability to deliver zero emission drivetrain solutions for large passenger cars, buses and heavy-duty transport. The new modular fuel cell system, supported by an expanded supply chain, will be lower cost than current options.
David Woolhouse, CEO of Intelligent Energy, said: “This APC award comes at just the right time for Intelligent Energy.
“UK Government support provides a strong platform for our automotive ambitions. Fuel cell electric vehicle deployment is key if the automotive industry is to meet low carbon targets.
“The time is right for the industry to welcome new drivetrain solutions and we look forward to working with our partners, Changan and Alexander Dennis, as well as future partners who can benefit from this technology.
“The UK is well placed to be a leading manufacturer of fuel cell powertrains, and Intelligent Energy is proud to invest in jobs directly and through our suppliers to support that growth.”