Gaussin will play an active role in boosting the manufacturing of hydrogen-powered vehicles in Saudi Arabia. The French Manufacturer, which has recently released the very first hydrogen racing truck designed by Pininfarina, has announced quite an interesting agreement with Aramco, a global integrated energy and chemicals company, signed during a French-Arabian business meeting at the beginning of December. As a matter of fact, Christophe Gaussin, CEO of Gaussin, was personally invited to participate in the delegation of French CEOs accompanying French President Emmanuel Macron on his state visit from December 2-4, 2021, to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

Aramco and Gaussin will join forces in Saudi Arabia

The agreement between Aramco and Gaussin aims to establish a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen-powered vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As a first step, Gaussin and Aramco will study the feasibility of a manufacturing facility and a hydrogen distribution business to serve the Middle East region. The two companies also agreed that Aramco’s new Advanced Innovation Center (LAB7) will be closely involved in Gaussin’s development of hydrogen-powered vehicles and the development of a remote controlled/autonomous hydrogen racing truck.

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«The agreement is the start of an exciting collaboration to advance and promote hydrogen as a low carbon transportation fuel. It also allows us to advance economic growth and sustainability in the Kingdom as part of the Namaat industrial investment program. Aramco is excited to be the exclusive sponsor of the Dakar Rally’s first hydrogen-fueled truck, which is a milestone for motorsports and global transportation», said Aramco SVP of Technical Services, Ahmad Al-Sa’adi.

Gaussin CEO, Christophe Gaussin, replied: «The Middle East is a key region for Gaussin and Saudi Arabia is crucial to transfer our technologies and know how there. It will host the next edition of the Dakar Rally and the country shares with Gaussin an ambitious determination to decarbonize mobility and to address global warming. This is why we are very proud to announce this collaboration with Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies».

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