Ballard and Quantron AG have been developing fuel cell electric commercial vehicle platforms in a partnership since September 2021. (Earlier post.) Now the two partners have delivered their first fuel cell electric vehicles, combining QUANTRON’s vehicle engineering expertise with Ballard’s fuel cell technology.
QUANTRON QLI FCEV light truck
The core of the Canadian-German partnership is the integration of Ballard’s high-performance FCmove fuel cell modules in QUANTRON vehicles. These include the 44-ton QUANTRON QHM FCEV heavy-duty truck—the current European range champion with 54 kg H2 at 700 bar—and the QUANTRON QLI FCEV light truck. Both zero-emission vehicles feature significantly longer range and short refueling time compared to battery electric models.
QUANTRON QHM FCEV heavy-duty truck
A notable feature of QUANTRON’s design is the complete integration of all fuel cell components into the frame structure of the QUANTRON QHM FCEV and the QLI FCEV, which means that no compromises have to be made in terms of trailer length and payload as well as allowing standard bodybuilder build-up structures as in their diesel counterparts.
We are extremely proud to have achieved this important milestone together with Ballard. The collaboration between the engineering teams in Augsburg (Bavaria) and Vancouver (Canada) has been exceptional. We shortened the overall process from feasibility study to delivery to 18 months, bringing the QUANTRON QLI FCEV on the road and in customers hands in record time. This led to a superior product, where the fuel cell system is optimized for the individual vehicle based on customer use-cases.—Tim Sautter, Team Lead Q-Light & Corporate PM
A European customer already took delivery of the first five units with one unit having accomplished 15.000 km in daily operations in a trial with the customer.
We take immense pride in our accomplishment, having jointly developed market-ready FCEV vehicles. Both Ballard and QUANTRON mastered this in record time. This is not only first to market in the 7.5 t FCEV light vehicle segment, but we take the lead in the fuel cell technology market. We have an order and offer pipeline of up to 100 units.—Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG