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Contract extension accelerates Audi’s fuel cell programme

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Audi’s HyMotion programme has been extended to August 2022

Ballard Power Systems has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group, extending the HyMotion programme to August 2022. The aggregate value of the contract extension is expected to be US$62-100 million. The programme will support Audi through its small series production launch.

Ballard signed an initial four-year contract with Volkswagen AG in March 2013, followed by a two-year extension in February 2015, with the full six-year contract term running to March 2019. AUDI AG assumed leadership of the programme in 2016.

The HyMotion programme encompasses automotive fuel cell stack development as well as system design support activities. Ballard is focused on the design and manufacture of next-generation fuel cell stacks for use in Audi’s demonstration car programme. Ballard engineers are leading critical areas of fuel cell product design – including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack components – along with certain testing and integration work.

Board member for technical development at AUDI AG Dr. Peter Mertens said: “Our collaboration with Ballard has enabled the acceleration of our automotive fuel cell programme, by bringing together fuel cell skills and expertise in both organisations. We have developed demonstration cars using fuel cell technology and design from the HyMotion programme, and are working toward a small series production launch.”

Ballard president and CEO Randy MacEwen stated: “The long-term HyMotion programme is a testament to the commitment that Volkswagen Group and Audi have shown toward fuel cell electrification and their partnership with Ballard. Ballard is committed to supporting Volkswagen and Audi’s corporate fuel cell automotive goals and objectives. We believe the Ballard-designed fuel cell stacks integrated into Audi’s propulsion systems and vehicles will deliver outstanding automotive fuel cell performance, including highest power density, lightest weight, highest durability and robust freeze start capabilities.”

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