Ballard and Audi sign 3.5 year extension to long-term programme for fuel cell passenger cars


Ballard Power Systems has signed a 3.5-year extension to its current Technology Solutions contract with AUDI AG, extending the HyMotion programme to August 2022.

The aggregate value of the contract extension is expected to be CDN$80-130m ($62-100m). The programme will support Audi, part of the Volkswagan Group, through its small series production launch.

Ballard signed an initial four-year contract with Volkswagen AG in March 2013, followed by a two-year extension in February 2015, with the full six-year contract term running to March 2019. AUDI AG assumed leadership of the programme in 2016.

The HyMotion programme encompasses automotive fuel cell stack development as well as system design support activities. Ballard is focused on the design and manufacture of world-leading, next-generation fuel cell stacks for use in Audi’s demonstration car programme. Ballard engineers are leading critical areas of fuel cell product design – including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack components – along with certain testing and integration work.

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