Our Company

Established in 2008, AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp. (“AFCC”) is a Burnaby, B.C. based joint venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company developing fuel cell modules for automotive applications.

Today, AFCC is a joint-venture among Daimler and Ford Motor Company. AFCC also works closely with fuel cell systems developer NuCellSys GmbH and Daimler’s fuel cell stack manufacturing group at Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cells, co-located with AFCC in Burnaby, BC.

As the birthplace of the automotive fuel cell, British Columbia is the natural home for AFCC due to the large concentration of fuel cell experts in the area and the province’s commitment to fuel cell research and innovation.

AFCC employs over 200 people committed to the commercialization of this technology in automotive applications.


Dr. Joachim Blum, CEO

Mission

  1. Develop a fuel cell stack for vehicles that meets cost targets.
  2. Develop innovative stack concepts and technologies for next generation fuel cell vehicles.
  3. Own fuel cell stack product design from “cradle to grave”.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Generation 1: Technology Demonstration

  • Multiple platforms
    • Daimler A-Class: 60 vehicles, 2.2 million km’s
    • Ford Focus: 30 vehicles, 2.08 million km’s
    • Transit buses

Generation 2: Customer Acceptance

  • Performance, durability, Freeze Start
  • 7.6 million km (200,000 hours operation)

Generation 3: Cost Reduction

  • Fuel cell stack and system under hood enabling the use of commercial chassis
  • Significant platinum reduction
  • Increased durability and freeze start performance

Generation 4: Market Introduction / Cost Reduction II

  • Reduced platinum
  • Manufactured under series intent processes
  • Increased durability

 

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TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCEMENTS
GEN 1
2005
GEN 2
2009
GEN 3
2014
GEN 4
2017
Power
(kW)
80 99 75 87
Active Power Density
(kW/liter)
2.9 2.6 5.8 10.0
Platinum Loading
(grams/stack)/(mg/cm2)
130/1.0 210/1.0 38/0.5 19/0.25
Durability
(km)
80,000 140,000 160,000 200,000
Freeze Start-up
(deg. C)
2.0 -15.0 -25.0 -25.0

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