Audi and Ballard Power Systems have announced their decision to extend their fuel cell cooperation, that is the existing Hymotion programme, for another 3.5 years until August 2022. The extension is valued between 62 and 100 million dollars.
The cooperation was initially started in 2013, and was set to last for four years in order to help Audi advance a small series FCV. The HyMotion program has been extended several times. The Audi FCV is scheduled to begin production in 2020.
The HyMotion program includes the development of fuel cell stacks as well as supporting system design. Ballard is focusing on the development and production of fuel cell stacks of the next generation for usage in the Audi demonstration program. Ballard engineers focus on critical areas of fuel cell product design—including the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), plate and stack components, as well as some testing and integration work.
Concept cars utilizing technology and components developed through the HyMotion programme with Ballard have included the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, Passat HyMotion and Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro to date.