Symbio, a Michelin and Faurecia joint venture for hydrogen fuel cell stacks systems, has entered the U.S. market as part of its midterm growth strategy.
The company established Symbio North America and named Rob Del Core as its general manager, Symbio said in a statement.
Del Core "is a seasoned visionary zero emission leader with a successful track-record in the hydrogen fuel cell industry over the last 20 years," it said. Fuel cell stacks rely on a series of polymer inner layers between bipolar plates which can be produced for a variety of materials.
Symbio will offer its H2Motive portfolio, covering 40 kilowatts all the way to 300kW, which it said can meet "a wide range of duty-cycles, power and durability requirements of the U.S. transportation market."
For the U.S. market in particular, Symbio will focus on light duty, commercial medium and heavy-duty vehicles offering customized hydrogen solutions to vehicle OEMs and fleet partners.
The 150kW product, which it will be exhibiting at the the San Diego ACT Expo later this month, is particularly adapted for pickups as well as light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
Symbio said it is entering the U.S. market "with strong established assets, technology and know-how," drawing on the combined experience, financial strength and technical/commercial support of its parent companies.
The expansion into the U.S. will support Symbio's medium-term growth strategy, which aims to produce 200,000 hydrogen stackpacks annually by 2030.