Karma Automotive and Blue World Technologies joining forces to make fuel cells practical

Written by Kfir Kedem – February 08, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Karma, the automotive startup that focuses on lowering emissions while providing a luxury experience, has joined forces with Blue World Technologies in the development of fuel cells. Blue World Technologies was founded with the purpose of developing practical emission-free propulsion technologies for passenger and light commercial vehicles.

The partnership will have the companies developing and validating methanol fuel cells. These cells will solve the issue of storing hydrogen onboard, as the stored methanol will be directly converted into hydrogen while driving. This results in the practicality of an average gas tank and refueling sequence, while giving the major benefit of green electric driving.

As Karma and Blue World Technologies are based in different continents, the testing and validation for these fuel cells will be held both in the USA and in Denmark—their respective countries.

Auto Trendy’s take:

With a strong engineering background coming from Blue World Technologies and a luxury market that is provided by Karma, there is a strong potential for fuel cell demand to continue growing. The fact that the hydrogen no longer needs to be stored at intensely cold temperatures (as it will be replaced by methanol) is definitely a selling point toward the fuel cell propulsion system. Another interesting note is that Karma does not currently have any commercial vehicles in their lineup. Could the collaborative development of the fuel cell be hinting at their penetration into the commercial market?