Ballard Power Systems Inc. CEO Dennis Campbell wants his company to be a major supplier of fuel cell powertrains for automobiles. Ballard is supplying fuel cells to Ford Motor Co., DaimlerChrysler AG and Hon-da Motor Co.
But like other suppliers and automakers, the Vancouver, British Columbia, company can't invest in production equipment until the design of the fuel cell stack is refined further. That is one of several challenges facing the fuel cell and automotive industries on the trek toward mass production of fuel cell vehicles. Campbell spoke with Staff Reporter Richard Truett about those challenges.