French Auto Supplier Predicts Boom in Hydrogen Take-Up

A French auto Tier 1 is claiming it will be supplying 200,000 hydrogen fuel cell systems to carmakers by 2030.

Symbio, in a joint venture backed by parent company Michelin and Faurecia, claims its StackPack fuel cell solution will see its market boom in China, Korea, California and Japan. It says it can help car manufacturers reduce the development time and cost of hydrogen vehicles across several market segments at the same time, including passenger cars, LCVs and trucks.

By scaling up production of its fuel cell stack, the company hopes to crack the “chicken and egg” problem where carmakers delay the powertrain technology as they wait for a fuel station network to be in place before they produce the vehicles. At the same time fuel distributors hold off installing the infrastructure through lack of vehicles being sent to market.

It claims its StackPack is a better solution than current fuel cell stacks being trialed by some carmakers because it combines a hydrogen fuel cell and key components in a single unit to prolong lifecycle and ease integration into vehicles. It also claims proven expertise in the development of hydrogen mobility, in France and across Europe, with the Zero-Emission Valley project in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Hydrogen Mobility Europe as two examples.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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