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Blue World Technologies and Karma Automotive to collaborate on methanol fuel cell propulsion system

Danish developer and manufacturer of methanol fuel cells, Blue World Technologies ApS, has announced that it has reached an agreement to collaborate with US-headed luxury electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Karma Automotive LLC to explore the viability of a fuel cell system to provide primary propulsion power for a variety of future passenger and light commercial vehicles.

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 (photo courtesy Karma Automotive).

Fuel cells enable fast refueling and extremely long driving ranges, and with zero harmful emissions provide a green alternative to the internal combustion engine (ICE). An electric vehicle powered by methanol fuel cells (MFCs) provides the same convenience as fueling an ICE with gasoline. This technology has a methanol-reformer to produce hydrogen on board.

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.

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, said Dr Lance Zhou, CEO Karma Automotive.

Methanol a hydrogen carrier

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 carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral proposition.

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, said Mads Friis Jensen, CCO, and Co-founder of Blue World Technologies.

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