Mahle & Bramble to extend hydrogen cooperation

Mahle Powertrain and Bramble Energy have agreed to continue their collaboration to develop Bramble’s PCBFC hydrogen fuel cell technology. The phase 1 demonstrator vehicle was launched at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle show.

The initial phase 1 results of the collaboration are based around the modification of a Renault Kangoo ZE with a 5 kW Bramble Energy fuel cell integrated into the powertrain acting as a range extender. Next the partners aim to focus on creating a derivative with a higher power output and increased overall efficiency for future development.

“Hydrogen fuel cells offer an alternative to the heavy batteries and long recharge times that other electric vehicle technologies suffer from, and that makes them particularly relevant to the commercial vehicle sector as it looks to meet net-zero CO2 emissions targets,” said Dr. Mike Bassett, MAHLE Powertrain’s Head of research & advanced engineering. “Our work with Bramble Energy has demonstrated that their innovative PCBFC technology represents a cost-effective route to the adoption of fuel cell propulsion for commercial vehicles. We’re delighted that visitors were able to see the results for themselves at the Cenex LCV show.”


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