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6 September 2012 | PR 12/159

Ricardo & Intelligent Energy Announce Partnership

IE Vehicles

Non-exclusive partnership provides customers with a complete engineering capability to develop fuel cell electric vehicles.

Intelligent Energy, the clean power technology company that was originally a spin-out from Loughborough University, today announced it is to work with Ricardo to apply their respective expertise in fuel cell power technology platforms and advanced low carbon vehicle engineering. The new partnership will provide customers with a fully integrated design, engineering and implementation capability for fuel cell electric vehicles.

The two companies have a proven track record of successful collaboration in engineering and development programmes and believe that their combined capabilities will provide significant synergies in the delivery of successful fuel cell electric vehicle projects. Intelligent Energy’s proprietary fuel cell power technology platforms are targeted at production automotive as well as stationary power and consumer electronics applications. These fuel cell technologies will be the initial focus of the collaboration between Ricardo and Intelligent Energy, which remains non-exclusive on either side but with each partner regarding the other as a preferred supplier.

"Ricardo is actively engaged in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicle programmes and we are receiving many enquiries in this area from vehicle manufacturers around the world,” explains Mark Garrett, Ricardo plc chief operating officer. “Having worked successfully with Intelligent Energy on many previous projects, we look forward to even closer collaboration where this meets the requirements of our respective customers. While we will each continue to work independently, I believe that the combination of Ricardo and Intelligent Energy’s capabilities will provide an extremely attractive option for fuel cell electric vehicle customers looking to develop production orientated solutions.”

"Intelligent Energy is a global leader in fuel cell system design and development,” said James Batchelor, managing director of Intelligent Energy’s Automotive Division, “Our cost-effective and scalable systems and platforms have already proven themselves across our target market sectors and we are increasingly asked to deploy our high efficiency, zero emission powertrains into vehicle and fleet trials, ahead of automotive market commercialization. We look forward to combining our technology development and fuel cell systems integration expertise with Ricardo’s world class product innovation, engineering solutions, clean technology and strategic consulting capabilities”.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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