A Sweden-based firm by the name of myFC is now accelerating its development of a hydrogen fuel cell range extender intended for use in plug-in electric vehicles, according to recent reports.
To be more exact here, myFC has started a project with Gränges that will see development of an electric vehicle (EV) hydrogen fuel cell range extender accelerated — with the aim now being to show a prototype sometime in 2018.
As it stands, myFC already makes small hydrogen fuel cells and charging tech intended for use with portable consumer electronic devices (laptops, smartphones, etc.) — following the work of an earlier spinoff back in 2005 from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Commenting on the new partnership, the CEO of myFC Holding AB, Björn Westerholm, stated: “We are getting a very knowledgeable partner from the automotive industry with unique expertise in materials engineering solutions. This enables us to increase both pace and precision in the development work.”
Green Car Congress provides more background: “Its JAQ Hybrid platform, which co-locates fuel cell and battery to charge smartphones and tablets, was launched in 2017. JAQ Hybrid is the company’s third hydrogen-powered product following JAQ and PowerTrekk. The company now seeks to expand into automotive applications.
“The LAMINA Range Extender is based on myFC’s patented LAMINA technology. MyFC will collaborate with Gränges, which has a world-leading position in materials technology, in the development project.”
With regard to the involvement of Gränges, that will mostly involve the firm’s development unit in Shanghai, China.