Plug Power today said it has begun standard production of the family of next generation class 1 GenDrive systems for industrial lift trucks.

These new units are designed with the New York-based company’s proven ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engine technology which delivers increased efficiency and higher reliability.

The units will include several significant enhancements such as larger fuel tanks for increased run time and wireless communication capabilities for operations data and effective fleet management.

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With a new design that is focused on ease of service for both field technicians and customers, Plug Power has also improved the product serviceability, reducing the time and effort required to work on the units.

The first customer orders are expected to ship in March 2019.

Plug Power will deploy this product in manufacturing applications such as high-volume automotive assembly facilities, empowering the world’s leading companies to drive efficiency and sustainability with proven hydrogen-powered logistics and material handling vehicles.

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Major automotive manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes and Toyota are among Plug Power’s impressive client roster.

“According to Moody’s, global light vehicle sales are projected to grow in 2019, which means our automotive manufacturing customers are going to need dependable equipment that will enable them to keep up with the demands of a continuously growing industry,” said Andy Marsh, CEO, Plug Power.

“We’re proud to be working with these leading companies to revolutionize one of the world’s most influential industries as we move together towards a clean and sustainable future of mobility.”