Nanjing, China is one step close to reaching its goal of having a 300-vehicle fleet powered by hydrogen.
The news is a result of Loop Energy today (28th April) receiving an order for ten of its eFlow® fuel cell modules to power hydrogen buses that are set to run across the city.
Skywell New Energy Vehicles Group placed the order with Loop Energy as part of the second phase of a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding between the Lishui Economic Development Zone of Nanjing and Beijing IN-Power.
Beijing IN-Power is Loop Energy’s China-based joint venture partner supplying fuel cell engines.
Buses deployed under the agreement will be equipped with a heavy-duty 50kW fuel cell engine and have a range of 450 kilometres. They will also eliminate more than 100 tonnes of CO2 emitted annually, when compared to diesel alternatives.
“We are excited to proceed to the next stage of this project with Loop Energy and Skywell, a project that leverages Loop’s industry leading fuel cell modules and InPower’s DC-DC unit for commercial vehicle applications in China,” said John Zhang, Founder and President of IN-Power.
“IN-Power and Loop will continue to provide Skywell with engine technology to progress their production of hydrogen electric vehicles and look forward to seeing their advancement in the alternative energy space.”
Ben Nyland, President and CEO of Loop Energy, added, “Embarking on the second phase of this project is an exciting milestone as we progress towards large-scale commercial deployment in China.”
“We are optimistic for China’s implementation of hydrogen fuel-based solutions and are eager to continue our work with both Skywell and IN-Power to achieve our shared goal of broadly deployed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in China.”