Non-exclusive partnership provides customers with a complete engineering capability to develop fuel cell electric vehicles.
Ricardo and Intelligent Energy have announced today that they are to work together in applying their respective expertise in advanced low carbon vehicle engineering and fuel cell power technology platforms. The new partnership will provide customers with a fully integrated design, engineering and implementation capability for fuel cell electric vehicles.
The two companies have a proven track record of successful collaboration in engineering and development programmes and believe that their combined capabilities will provide significant synergies in the delivery of successful fuel cell electric vehicle projects. Intelligent Energy’s proprietary fuel cell power technology platforms are targeted at production automotive as well as stationary power and consumer electronics applications. These fuel cell technologies will be the initial focus of the collaboration between Ricardo and Intelligent Energy, which remains non-exclusive on either side but with each partner regarding the other as a preferred supplier.
"Ricardo is actively engaged in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicle programmes and we are receiving many enquiries in this area from vehicle manufacturers around the world,” explains Mark Garrett, Ricardo plc chief operating officer. “Having worked successfully with Intelligent Energy on many previous projects, we look forward to even closer collaboration where this meets the requirements of our respective customers. While we will each continue to work independently, I believe that the combination of Ricardo and Intelligent Energy’s capabilities will provide an extremely attractive option for fuel cell electric vehicle customers looking to develop production orientated solutions.”
"Intelligent Energy is a global leader in fuel cell system design and development,” said James Batchelor, managing director of Intelligent Energy’s Automotive Division, “Our cost-effective and scalable systems and platforms have already proven themselves across our target market sectors and we are increasingly asked to deploy our high efficiency, zero emission powertrains into vehicle and fleet trials, ahead of automotive market commercialization. We look forward to combining our technology development and fuel cell systems integration expertise with Ricardo’s world class product innovation, engineering solutions, clean technology and strategic consulting capabilities”.
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