Fuel cell electric car design has moved one step further today as Intelligent Energy and Ricardo announced plans to work together and pool their expertise.
Intelligent Energy, a power technology company with specialist interests in fuel cell design and development, will work together with Ricardo, a global multi-industry consultancy, to provide a fully integrated design, engineering and implementation capability for fuel cell electric vehicles.
The partnership will provide a complete engineering capability to develop fuel cell electric vehicles.
The two companies believe their combined capabilities will provide significant synergies in the delivery of fuel cell electric vehicle projects.
Mark Garrett, Ricardo chief operating officer, said: “We are actively engaged in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicle programmes and we receive many enquiries from vehicle manufacturers around the world. I believe the combination of Ricardo and Intelligent Energy’s capabilities will provide an attractive option for fuel cell electric vehicle customers looking to develop production orientated solutions.”
James Batchelor, managing director of Intelligent Energy’s automotive division, said: “Our scalable systems have already proven themselves across our target market sectors and we are increasingly asked to deploy our high efficiency, zero emission powertrains into vehicle and fleet trials, ahead of automotive market commercialisation.
He continued: “We look forward to combining our technology development and fuel cell systems integration expertise with Ricardo’s product innovation, engineering solutions, clean technology and strategic consulting capabilities”.