Ballard buys UK fuel cell specialist Arcola
The Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems acquires Arcola Energy, a British specialist for the integration of fuel cell systems in heavy commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks and trains. Both sides had previously worked together for years.
Arcola Energy presents hydrogen powertrain platform
The British Arcola Energy announced a new proprietary fuel cell powertrain platform, designed for heavy-duty vehicle applications. The ‘A-Drive’ architecture offers a “drop-in replacement” for diesel-based powertrains and is scalable, according to Arcola.
Optare launches H2 fuel cell double-decker bus
Optare, the English subsidiary of India’s commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, is launching a fuel cell double-decker bus in cooperation with Arcola Energy. The first Optare Metrodecker H2 buses are already scheduled to go into service in 2021.
Liverpool receives 25 Alexander Dennis hydrogen buses
A project sponsored by the British government is to deploy up to 25 fuel cell buses in the Liverpool area. The first vehicles are expected to go into service in 2020. The project also includes the construction of a filling station at the BOC plant in St Helens that will supply hydrogen to industrial customers […]
Tesla, Panasonic, Arcola Energy.
Tesla update: The EV maker has started pushing its over-the-air software update for the Autopilot 2.0 to entire fleet of vehicles equipped with the second generation hardware. 1,000 cars received the update for testing earlier this month. The Enhanced Autopilot will remain deactivated for now, but will most likely be activated before the end of the week.
Investing billions in EV batteries: Nikkei reports that Panasonic will invest a total of 1.3 to 1.8bn dollars in its EV batteries business over the next three years. Investments in other business segments like TVs will in return be cut back.
Electric truck: A new project by British Arcola Energy, Haydale Composite Solutions and Commercial Group aims to fit a 3.5-ton truck with an electric drivetrain and fuel cell range extender to get a range of around 200 miles. The undertaking is part of the UK government’s funding round for the electrification of the countries logistics sector, which was announced last week.