Concentric AB receives a new development contract to supply electric coolant pumps for a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). The customer, a global truck and bus OEM, will use our e-pumps for cooling the FCEVs on their new flagship bus application.
Buses for the city and regional transport are the early adopters of FCEV technology with California now operating fuel cell buses for several years. The FCEV buses have a major advantage over their competition (diesel buses) because they produce zero CO2 emissions. This is particularly important in already heavily polluted, densely populated cities. When hydrogen is produced from clean, renewable energy sources, the fuel cell buses could make a significant contribution toward cleaner air in major cities around the world.
The electric coolant pump has the following key benefits:
- Robust design which includes a wet rotor eliminating the possibility of a dynamic seal failure,
- Long service life aided by liquid-cooled electronics and DC brushless design giving service life >50,000 hours,
- Integrated intelligent diagnostics and utilizes sensors for temperature and pressure, and
- Compact and low noise characteristics.
Cooling FCEVs requires the use of special coolants, which are aggressive to many metals. Concentric’s engineers have developed the e-pump to be able to pump these special fluids without reducing the durability of the product or service life.
David Woolley, President, and CEO of Concentric AB commented: “This new agreement is another milestone in the development of Concentric’s e-pumps, as we strive for Technology + Innovation = Sustainability. We already supply e-pumps to many global OEMs for their hybrid and battery electric vehicles, and this important contract ensures we continue to support our customer’s needs as they design the zero-emission vehicles of the future.”
Concentric AB is an innovator in flow control and fluid power, supplying proprietary systems and components to the world’s truck, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, and industrial applications end-markets. The company has a global manufacturing presence including in the UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, India, China, and Argentina. Concentric’s focus is to develop world-class technology with innovative solutions that meet the sustainability needs of our customers. Concentric offers engine products including lubricant, coolant and fuel pumps, hydraulic products encompassing gear pumps and power packs, and finally several key technologies for the fast-growing market for electrical and hybrid powertrains. The Group has a turnover of circa MSEK 1,500 and circa 700 employees.