A new subsidy for Symbio in the US
After the one in April 2022 to support the “Symbio H2 Central Valley Express” project for heavy goods vehicles, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded another grant to Symbio. The French brand will therefore produce fuel cells and assemble vehicles on site.
The subsidiary Symbio North America has been awarded a $9 million subsidy to support the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Temecula (US)* to produce fuel cell systems and assemble hydrogen powered vehicles. This 3,000 square metre facility will assemble heavy-duty and commercial vehicles as well as complete fuel cell systems. The site will employ 63 skilled staff over the next three years and is expected to be operational by the end of the year. It will eventually reach a combined maximum production capacity of 250 trucks and 2,000 systems per year. Consequently, deploying zero-emission heavy-duty mobility through hydrogen will be accelerated in California.
The grant will support the setting up of the Symbio Hydrogen Academy, which will focus on workforce training in the US. Symbio North America is partnering with UC Riverside, California State LA University, Cerritos College to develop academic programmes, building on the experience of the Symbio Hydrogen Academy in Europe.
Symbio is simultaneously exploring opportunities to expand and build a fuel cell Gigafactory in the US.
*Riverside County, located in the far southeast corner of Greater Los Angeles
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King