Shanghai Edrive Co. Ltd., subsidiary of Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., has commissioned its fuel cell engine manufacturing facility in China.

Located in Shanghai, Shanghai Edrive will assemble Ballard Power System’s 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’s 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.”

MacEwen continued, “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.” 

Shanghai Edrive’s fuel cell engine manufacturing facility is over 50,000sq ft and has a capacity to manufacture and test several thousand engines annually. 

Each fuel cell engine assembled by Shanghai Edrive will utilise FCvelocity®-9SSL fuel cell stacks manufactured by Guangdong Synergy Ballard Hydrogen Power Co., Ltd., a joint venture owned by Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd. and Ballard in the City of Yunfu in China’s Guangdong Province. The joint venture manufacturing facility was commissioned in September 2017.