UK-based AFC Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with Rolec Services Limited for the design and distribution of integrated Electric Vehicle (EV) charging systems utilising the AFC Energy fuel cell system.

The collaboration will deliver an off-grid EV charger in response to the growth in electric vehicles, following government initiatives across industrialised countries towards a decarbonised, electrified transportation sector.

AFC Energy’s EV charger prototype was demonstrated in January (2019).

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Rolec and AFC Energy will define a series of customer driven products which will be modular and allow EV charging from a base unit for two vehicles, up to larger mass-scale deployment.

“Rolec is increasingly seeing the availability of power, particularly at the end of grid or in off grid applications as a material obstacle. Governments and industry will need to overcome this to achieve their goals for EV deployment over the coming years,” said Tom Pollard, General Manager at Rolec.

“This collaboration with AFC Energy is about exploring ways of responding to this challenge in a ‘first mover’ environment where power is generated on-site in a fully sustainable manner. We intend this to be the first commencement of a long-term relationship with AFC Energy and look forward to further demonstrating the capability of the integrated system over the coming months,” Pollard continued.

“The number of commercial enquiries received since announcing AFC Energy’s EV fuel cell charger system, CH2ARGE, earlier this year has clearly demonstrated the potential for the company to capitalise on this growing market,” said Adam Bond, CEO at AFC Energy.

“Our collaboration with Rolec is a recognition of the industry’s desire to explore off grid EV charging solutions to meet a need already seen across several of Rolec’s local and international clients. AFC Energy’s EV charger solution, developed in collaboration with Rolec, is now a key market for us and gives us a first mover advantage in penetrating the off-grid EV charger market,” Bond concluded.

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