Germany-based Quantron AG is making a move into the North American market, and plans to offer its hydrogen fuel battery electric commercial vehicles, as well as retrofit packages.
The company has founded Quantron US Inc. and has appointed Richard Haas as CEO of Quantron US. Raymond Staples becomes Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Quantron-as-a-service USA.
The company hopes to see half of its revenues from North American sales by 2025.
It also said it plans to develop new commercial vehicle designs with BEV and FCEV powertrains, based on inquiries from US fleet operators, with a strong focus on hydrogen solutions for long range transport such as Class 8 trucks.
The company has a strategic partnership with Canadian fuel cell expert Ballard Power Systems, and says it wants to be one of the trailblazers in the hydrogen-based zero-emission long-range vehicle segment in the U.S.
Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG: “The foundation of a subsidiary in the US is an important step towards our goal of putting zero-emission vehicles on the roads globally. In Europe, close to 100 vehicles converted by Quantron are already successfully in use. We see potential for the USA in the early years of a triple-digit volume annually.”
Before Quantron, Richard Haas was president and CEO of automotive start-up Mahindra Automotive North America, launching a new assembly plant in the Detroit area. Before that, he was Director of Engineering for the Tesla Model S and a veteran at Ford Motor Company, including a five-year stint in Ford South America, where he was part of a small task force that included the launch of multiple new products at a greenfield assembly complex in northeast Brazil.
Andreas Haller, founder and Chairman of the Board of Quantron AG said: “Quantron is contributing its share in the future to advance the hydrogen infrastructure and vehicles with the best partners and with the open Quantron-as-a-service ecosystem and to realize the full potential of clean hydrogen energy for generations to come.”