Shanghai Edrive site will assemble Chinese-produced Ballard fuel cell stacks into 30kW and 85kW FCEV engines
Ballard Power Systems has announced that a subsidiary of Broad-Ocean Motor – Shanghai Edrive – has commissioned a fuel cell manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.
Shanghai Edrive will assemble Ballard FCveloCity® 30kW and 85kW fuel cell engines at the facility under a technology transfer, licensing and supply arrangement between Ballard and Broad-Ocean that closed earlier this year. Broad-Ocean also plans to assemble Ballard-designed engines at facilities in Hubei and Shandong Provinces.
Ballard President and CEO Randy MacEwen said: “Commissioning of Shanghai Edrive’s facility is an important step in our strategy to localise production in China, as the market for fuel cell-powered heavy duty applications – including buses and commercial trucks – heats up in China. And, this timing dovetails with the recent roll-out of the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan, a ground-breaking initiative for large-scale vehicle deployment. The Plan includes annual production targets of 3,000 fuel cell electric vehicles by 2020 and 30,000 fuel cell electric vehicles by 2025.”
Mr. MacEwen continued: “Ballard will also benefit from Broad-Ocean’s demand pull-through of fuel cell vehicles for use in its own new energy vehicle leasing business.”
Shanghai Edrive CEO Gong Jun added: “We anticipate significant demand for zero-emission fuel cell electric buses and commercial trucks in key Chinese cities, including Shanghai. We are excited to collaborate with Shanghai to support implementation of the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan. Our company has already started production of Ballard-designed fuel cell engines and we expect to scale our manufacturing operation through 2018.”
The 50,000 sq ft facility has the capacity to manufacture and test several thousand fuel cell engines annually. Ballard has provided training to Shanghai Edrive to ensure consistent build quality and performance.
Each fuel cell engine assembled by Shanghai Edrive will utilize FCvelocity®-9SSL fuel cell stacks manufactured by Guangdong Synergy Ballard Hydrogen Power, a joint venture owned by Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology and Ballard in Yunfu, Guangdong Province. The joint venture manufacturing facility was commissioned in September 2017.