Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Complete Ready-to-Scale Fuel Cell Production Line in Japan

February 19, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

SMILE FC System Corporation (“SMILE FC”), a joint venture between Intelligent Energy Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corporation has successfully established a ready-to-scale production plant for its fuel cell systems in Yokohama, Japan. The production line marks the successful transfer of proven semi-automated production technology, developed and utilized by Intelligent Energy. This represents the next stage in high-volume production of fuel cell systems with associated reduction of manufacturing and assembly costs as well as improved cycle times and enhanced product quality.

The manufacturing center will be scaled up to supply fuel cell stacks for integration with Suzuki vehicles. The joint venture has access to Intelligent Energy’s fuel cell technology under a non-exclusive license, thereby accelerating the commercialization of Suzuki’s fuel cell vehicles.

Mr. Osamu Honda, President of SMILE FC and Executive Vice President, Suzuki Motor Corporation said: “We are delighted to achieve such a significant milestone just one year after the establishment of the JV. It brings us closer to delivering on our commitment to achieve efficient and cost-effective production of fuel cell systems for integration into clean energy vehicles.”

Dr. Henri Winand, Chief Executive at Intelligent Energy, noted: “Fuel cell systems provide one of the best solutions to reducing carbon emissions from vehicles. The Yokohama production line is testament to the rigorous, results-oriented collaboration between Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation – one that brings us a step closer to the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles. This demonstrates how our focused commercial approach accelerates and de-risks our partners and customers’ deployment plans.”