The american company has shipped the first production ProGen fuel cell engines for use in electric delivery vehicles. Through this application, Plug Power extends its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, increasing its served market for fuel cell products and hydrogen fueling stations.

The ProGen engine solution greatly enhances electric vehicle range, making them a viable solution for a wide range of applications, including parcel delivery and service trucks, municipal and government fleets, taxis and port vehicles. The first deliveries of production ProGen engines will function as range extenders in electric delivery vans, doubling the vehicle’s range.

ProGen engine shipments for delivery vans in the China market begin in the second quarter of 2017. These shipments will be utilized for on-road trials and certification. China is an important market for this technology, as it is actively driving fuel cell and hydrogen adoption within the country.

ProGen engines are designed, engineered and manufactured in its facilities located in Latham, New York and Spokane Washington. Plug Power also manufactures its GenDrive, GenFuel and ProGen stack products in these facilities.