Loop Energy, Mettem to build hydrogen-electric powertrains
The collaboration will help to expand Loop’s footprint in both Russian and greater European markets.
Loop Energy (a provider of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions) and Mettem-M Ltd (a developer of vehicle control systems and systems integrator) partnered to provide hydrogen-electric powertrain solutions to commercial vehicle OEMs in Europe.
Under this agreement, Mettem will use Loop’s eFlow powered fuel cell modules to develop and supply hydrogen-electric subsystems, powertrains, and complete vehicle solutions for numerous applications, including transit buses, logistics vehicles, and rail transport.
The companies’ first joint project was developing a hydrogen-powered bus for GAZ Group, which is currently on display at the International Commercial Vehicle Show 2021 (Comtrans) in Moscow, Russia.
The 12-meter passenger bus vehicle is expected to enter regular city transport service in Moscow in early 2022, subject to completing road testing and vehicle level certification requirements. Mettem developed the vehicle’s hydrogen-electric fuel cell system. The vehicle was built on GAZ existing battery electric passenger bus platform and equioed with Loop Energy’s high-efficiency fuel cell modules.
Jan Drewitz, CEO of METTEM. “We foresee hydrogen-electric solutions and the benefits of extended range, peak power performance, and fuel efficiency, becoming the gold standard in the commercial vehicle market.”
George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer of Loop Energy. “We are seeing a steady demand for clean energy alternatives across the globe and are eager to work with a leading player in the commercial vehicle industry to provide sustainable solutions.”