Proton Motor Fuel Cell and Electra Commercial Vehicles signed a Memorandum of Understanding for joint development of the zero-emission fuel cell truck market in UK and Ireland.
Proton Motor Fuel Cell is a primary German developer and producer of hydrogen fuel cells and electric hybrid systems, while Electra Commercial Vehicles is a UK-based company whose vision is to provide the commercial vehicle operator with the clean, zero emission solution for city centre deliveries. Within the partnership, the UK Group is supposed to act as a system integrator to integrate Proton Motor’s fuel cell systems into their existing electric truck portfolio.
Proton Motor will provide Electra Commercial Vehicles with engineering support
On the other hand, Proton Motor will provide engineering support and training to the system integrator during the development and qualification of their fuel cell trucks. Both parties will jointly develop a prototype vehicle for serial testing. Additionally, Electra will place an initial order for five Proton Motor fuel cell systems. It is also agreed to carry out sales and marketing activities jointly in the UK.
«Secure a leading position in the UK market»
«We are delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with Electra, which is the leading manufacturer of all electric trucks in the UK. This will have the potential to further expand Proton Motor’s extended reach within the mobility sector and secure a leading position in the UK market», stated Faiz Nahab, CEO of Proton Motor (pictured below).
«We have been assessing fuel cell systems from a number of suppliers and are very pleased to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Proton Motor. The system and engineering support from Proton Motor will allow us to expedite the development of its new range of fuel cell – battery electric trucks that will help meet the increasing demand for zero-emission trucks in the UK», added Sid Sadique, Chairman of Electra Commercial Vehicles.
To meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, the UK company is planning to expand its production capacity in the next 12 months.