Karma Automotive collaborates with Blue World Technologies, to explore the viability of a fuel cell system to provide primary propulsion power for a variety of future passenger and light commercial vehicles. Fuel cells enable fast refueling and extremely long driving ranges, with zero harmful emissions, providing a green alternative to the internal combustion engine.
Blue World Technology’s fuel cell system will be integrated with Karma Automotive’s electric vehicle architecture and piloted in GS-6 development vehicles for evaluation purposes. Testing and validation will take place in the United States and Denmark over the next few months.
An electric vehicle powered by methanol fuel cells provides the same convenience as fueling an internal combustion engine with gasoline. This technology has a methanol-reformer to produce hydrogen on board. Methanol is a hydrogen-carrier commodity fuel already traded worldwide, and it can be stored and distributed using the existing infrastructure in many countries around the world. As a green alternative to fossil fuels, methanol can be produced using renewable sources ensuring, a CO2-neutral proposition.
Dr. Lance Zhou, Chief Executive Officer, Karma Automotive, said: “We are investing in these types of powertrain technologies now to prepare for an emission-free world, by having various extended-range electrification solutions that include hydrogen, ethanol, and methanol fuel cells as a propulsion system. This collaboration brings together Blue World’s strength in fuel cell development and our vast expertise in engineering hybrid propulsion systems and integrating electric vehicle technologies.”
Mads Friis Jensen, Chief Commercial Officer, and Co-founder, Blue World Technologies, said: “We are very excited about the collaboration with Karma and see great potential in combining their expertise within hybridization and powertrain solutions, with our flexible fuel cell concept that is suitable for both engine bay or skateboard platform integration.”