Plastic Omnium and AVL have signed a partnership agreement for the development of high and medium power hydrogen systems.

The new partnership will enable Plastic Omnium to accelerate the commercial rollout, from 2022, of a range of hydrogen systems for use in all categories of vehicles.

These complete future systems will incorporate fuel cells from EKPO, a joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium. The agreement will allow the partners to deliver an integrated response to market requirements, with complete systems covering all power outputs from 10 to 200 kW.

“AVL is proud to enter this partnership with Plastic Omnium with the aim to develop fuel cell systems for a wide range of vehicle applications,” said  AVL chairman and CEO, Helmut List.

“The two companies fit well together as AVL will bring in 20 years of experience in fuel cell development together with all necessary methods and tools, whereas Plastic Omnium has a track record in industrialisation and automotive series production.”

The partnership opens the way to commercial collaboration to provide end-to-end solutions to the fuel cell market, focused on OEMs and fleet operators. Joint marketing activities will be set up, with Plastic Omnium focusing on fuel cell systems and AVL on vehicle integration.

“Plastic Omnium is now starting to produce its range of hydrogen solutions at scale,” added Plastic Omnium CEO, Laurent Favre.

“By pooling our expertise, this tie-up with AVL will ramp up development of a range of hydrogen solutions tailored to each segment and help accelerate the emergence of hydrogen in the heavy and commercial vehicle segments.

“This partnership is another milestone in Plastic Omnium’s hydrogen strategy and in our growing role in zero-emission mobility.”