Mahle has joined the Hydrogen Council, a worldwide initiative of energy, transport and industrial companies.

“I’m firmly convinced that hydrogen will play an important role in the defossilisation of our national economies,” said Mahle management board CEO and chairman, Jörg Stratmann.

“Mahle is working together with the Hydrogen Council to lay the foundation for the worldwide introduction of hydrogen-based mobility. Hydrogen is a cornerstone of CO2-neutral mobility, particularly with regard to road transport.

“The German Federal government and the EU have taken important steps in the right direction. However, there is still a lot to be done to industrialise fuel cell technology consistently and complement the highly efficient combustion engine with regenerative fuels, which is important in terms of climate and industrial policy.”

Mahle has been a series supplier for fuel cell vehicles for more than a decade. The technology group says it holds a strong position in the air intake system and in the temperature control of fuel cell systems.

For example, the Nikola Motor Company has relied on Mahle’s work in thermal management for the development of its fuel cell truck, Nikola Two since 2018. The systems specialist headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is the development partner and supplier for the truck’s entire cooling and air conditioning system. 

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Mahle has brought together its fuel cell activities in a project house. One area of focus is the development of fuel cells and their components for commercial vehicles and passenger cars.

This is where the core fields of research and development expertise in conventional mobility converge adds Mahle; fields which are also fundamental to the fuel cell drive: thermal, air and liquid management, as well as mechatronics and electronics.

Mahle is also working on the use of hydrogen for stationary applications, such as the area of energy supply and as a fuel for combustion engines.