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Gaussin and Faurecia join forces in logistics and port handling

The Gaussin APMs will benefit from Faurecia's hydrogen storage technology (photo: Gaussin).
The Gaussin APMs will benefit from Faurecia's hydrogen storage technology (photo: Gaussin).
FRANCE. The two French companies Gaussin (€50m sales in 2019 and 200 employees) and Faurecia (€17.8bn sales in 2019 and 115,500 employees) announced on Friday 9 October 2020 the signing of a partnership. The former will equip its vehicles designed for logistics and port handling with hydrogen storage systems offered by the latter.

The types of vehicles concerned are the ATM-H2 (transport in logistics centres) with a towing capacity of 38 tonnes and the APM-H2 (port transport) capable of towing up to 75 tonnes. "The fuel cell system is perfectly suited to the intensive use of vehicles requiring high power and increased autonomy, while at the same time being zero-emission. This French partnership, which has a global reach, is therefore an important step in Faurecia's hydrogen strategy to offer zero-emission solutions for commercial vehicles, off-road and industrial applications," said Mathias Miedreich, Executive Vice President of Faurecia Clean Mobility.

"Embarking 5kg of hydrogen at 350 bars and offering a range of up to 12 hours of use, the storage systems will be developed and produced by Faurecia from its worldwide centre of expertise in Bavans, dedicated to hydrogen tanks", states a joint press release.

"The launch this week of our first hydrogen vehicles is an important step in Gaussin's strategy to offer a complete range of zero-emission vehicles. Long regarded as a technology for the day after tomorrow, the hydrogen industry is gaining momentum and we are proud to contribute to its future in partnership with Faurecia, a major French group," comments Christian Gaussin, Chairman of the eponymous company.

Deliveries will take place before the end of 2020.

Eric Apim

Friday, October 9th 2020

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