Audi acquires fuel-cell patents from Ballard Power Systems

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 17, 2015

Audi has secured a crucial fuel-cell technology that will be vital in advancing the Volkswagen Group’s development of green vehicles. Under a deal valued up to $112 million, Canadian tech firm Ballard Power Systems will transfer automotive-related patents to VW Group for $50 million and will provide engineering services until March 2019.

Audi intends to make the technology available to other Volkswagen brands like Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini. Fuel cell technology could make possible zero-emission vehicles to have longer ranges than current electric cars while only emitting heat and water as waste.

Despite that some top auto executives like Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan and Elon Musk of Tesla Motors have been critical of the economic viability of the fuel cell technology as well as the large investment required to set up hydrogen fueling stations.

One of the technology’s pioneer in the auto industry, Toyota Motor, commenced sales of $62,000 Mirai fuel cell sedan in Japan in December 2015 and will introduced the FCV in the United States and Europe later this year.

The Mirai could travel up to 300 miles (480km), basically longer than most plug-in electric cars. VW has been known to be cautious of the large-scale rollout of the technology in the near term, but the German carmaker has intensified development efforts.

In fact, it has already unveiled fuel cell-powered concept versions of the VW Golf, VW Passat and Audi A7.

Topics: audi, fuel cell, patents

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Remember Zenos Cars, a British carmaker that specializes in designing and building lightweight and high-performance sports cars? If you are wondering how the company is faring with their E10 lightweight...
by - January 21, 2017
Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model...
by - January 21, 2017
BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially...
by - January 20, 2017
Amazon is now moving beyond the four corners of online retailing. Only recently, the retail giant has been awarded a patent for its Road Network system. Since the patented technology...
by - January 20, 2017
The newest version of the Lamborghini Huracan is not a Superleggera, but a Performante. When Lamborghini filed for a patent for a new name, there were still debates whether this...
by - January 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries