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Saudi Energy giant ARAMCO and France’s GAUSSIN have started a partnership in the hydrogen vehicles business. The signing of this agreement took place in the presence of H.E. Khalid Al Falih, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment and H.E. Franck Riester, France’s Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, as well as Aramco’s President and CEO, Amin H. Nasser.
The agreement between Aramco and Gaussin aims to establish a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen-powered vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As a first step, Gaussin and Aramco will study the feasibility of a manufacturing facility and a hydrogen distribution business to serve the Middle East region.
The two companies also agreed that Aramco’s new Advanced Innovation Center (LAB7) will be closely involved in Gaussin’s development of hydrogen-powered vehicles and the development of a remote controlled/autonomous hydrogen racing truck.
Aramco will also be sponsoring the world’s first hydrogen-fueled racing truck, which has been developed by Gaussin and which will compete in the January 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The Gaussin H2 Racing Truck will run as an experimental new energy vehicle.
Aramco SVP of Technical Services, Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, says: “The agreement is the start of an exciting collaboration to advance and promote hydrogen as a low carbon transportation fuel. It also allows us to advance economic growth and sustainability in the Kingdom as part of the Namaat industrial investment program. Aramco is excited to be the exclusive sponsor of the Dakar Rally’s first hydrogen-fueled truck, which is a milestone for motorsports and global transportation.”
Gaussin CEO, Christophe Gaussin, adds: “The Middle East is a key region for Gaussin and Saudi Arabia is crucial to transfer our technologies and know how there. It will host the next edition of the Dakar Rally and the country shares with Gaussin an ambitious determination to decarbonize mobility and to address global warming. This is why we are very proud to announce this collaboration with Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies. This collaboration is going to help Gaussin compete in the Dakar Rally with the world’s first hydrogen-powered race truck. It is a testimony to our shared commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions.”
GAUSSIN is an engineering company that designs, assembles and sells innovative products and services in the transport and logistics field.
In October 2021, GAUSSIN won the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.