Clean energy and intelligent freight transportation pioneer, Gaussin has announced a strategic partnership with an electric vehicle producer and supplier for the distribution of its electric and hydrogen vehicles in Australia and New Zealand.
That electric vehicle maker is Nexport, who will handle the distribution under the joint venture and pay Gaussin a licensing fee reportedly worth around $18 million.
The deal covers a range of zero emissions off-road vehicles including airport transporters and refuellers.
Sydney-based startup Nexport, to date, has carved out a niche as a provider of electric bus and green taxi solutions
The partnership is expected to advance Gaussin’s robust strategy to build out its international business with licensing deals and co-development agreements for its clean energy transport technology.
It follows a busy last year for the company who signed several agreements with major players around the world looking to leverage Gaussin’s novel technology as demand increases for zero emissions transportation options.
This included a partnership with Plug Power Inc last November based on developing hydrogen-powered transportation vehicles which has led to an order for 20 hydrogen-powered yard trucks.
In April the company announced its latest innovation, a Road Truck Skateboard for prime movers and smaller trucks.
The Road Skateboard features an ultra-light chassis, hydrogen tanks, fuel cells, electric motors and key components and systems to produce the next generation of road trucks.
A licensing program focused on assembly and marketing will drive the rollout of this technology.
Earlier this year, Gaussin established Gaussin North America and Gaussin Asia Pacific in support of its growth strategy.
“As we seek to continue the expansion of our business globally, we are honoured to have many opportunities to connect and collaborate with corporations that have a similar interest in deploying clean energy transportation solutions,” said Christophe Gaussin, Gaussin CEO.
“As a leading provider of next-generation technology in the zero-emissions transportation space, we believe that adoption of this technology will be key to creating a positive impact on our climate. We are excited to join forces with other corporations that share our vision.”
As an engineering company that designs, assembles and sells innovative products and services in the transport and logistics industries, Gaussin is heavily invested in cargo and passenger transport autonomous technologies allowing for self-driving solutions such as Automotive Guided Vehicles, and the integration all types of batteries, electric and hydrogen fuel cells in particular.