PowerCell Sweden AB has received an order for two MS-30 fuel cell systems from a global automotive supplier, the fuel cell systems are set to be delivered in Q1/Q2 (2019).

The systems are built around PowerCell’s fuel cell stack S2 and with an effort of 30kW. The supplier will install the systems as range extenders, REX, in vehicles for tests in China. 

PowerCell’s MS-30 fuel cell system uses pure hydrogen and has been developed to be suitable in the use as a range extender. The system has already been sold to several vehicle manufacturers operating in China.

Electric vehicles that use fuel cells as range extenders have batteries as a main source of energy and use the fuel cells to charge the batteries during operation. By using fuel cells in this way, the vehicles extend their range compared to if they were just using the energy stored in the batteries. 

In its latest 5-year plan the Chinese Government has emphasised hydrogen and fuel cells as a prioritised alternative in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful matter from road traffic.

“China has come to realise that an electrification using batteries will not be able to meet the need for a massive electrification of the road traffic,” said Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell.

“It will simply not be possible to provide enough charging stations or the required grid capacity in China’s larger cities for batteries to be a viable alternative.”

“This is a notion that is being increasingly subscribed to also by a growing number of vehicle manufacturers, as they realise that for mass market cars and commercial transports, hydrogen and fuel cells currently is a much better alternative,” Wassén concluded.

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