– range without recharging –

Limitless Electric Driving

"…for an electrically powered vehicle, which doesn’t use ONE Watt from the grid to be energized to drive 1000km."

- Roland Gumpert

Ecological &
Pollution free

Recharging/Refueling a 40-ton heavy duty truck or bus in less than 10 minutes to then drive over 1,000km with net-zero emissions sounds like Utopia – however, thanks to the green methanol-based fuel cell technology it is possible. Gumpert Automobile uses this technology in form of the Gumpert Power Cell to provide a CO2 -neutral, high-performance, and competitive fuel cell for the transport industry (heavy duty trucks, buses, and ships). With the Gumpert Power Cell we aim to reach a significant market share of the powertrain market in the transport industry.

The Gumpert Power Cell

Using green methanol, the Gumpert Power Cell (GPC) provides electric vehicles with CO2-neutral energy. In a first step, green methanol is split into hydrogen and CO2 using an upstream reforming process. Next, the hydrogen is then transformed via a power cell into electricity. Depending on the operating condition, the electricity is then used to either power the electric motor to move the vehicle or charge an integrated backup battery. The size of the GPC is designed to continuously provide the average performance of a given vehicle and counterbalance peaks in performance of the electric powertrain and the backup battery. With this approach, a CO2-neutral electrical transportation is possible without relinquishing an urgently needed long-distance range or rapid refueling ability. Therefore, we are convinced that as a system supplier of the GPC, Gumpert Automobile will make a crucial contribution to the decarbonization of the transport industry.

Green Methanol as Fuel of the Future

To produce green methanol, hydrogen is electrolytically generated from water with renewable energy and then combined with CO2extracted from the environment. Green methanol is liquid and can use the existing fuel distribution infrastructure of fossil fuels, i.e., gas stations, pipelines, and tanks, without significant financial investments. This allows for a rapid replacement of the transport industries fossil fuel dependency without the necessary multi-billion infrastructure investments required by pure hydrogen and/or electric mobility solutions.

The outsized challenges, costs, and risks of distributing, storing, and fueling hydrogen are not present either when using green methanol as a fuel. Green methanol remains liquid under atmospheric pressure conditions and can be used like regular gasoline. Additionally, it is biodegradable and has a considerably greater energy density than hydrogen.

Leading oil and gas firms as well as young businesses such as Shell, Repsol, and Swiss Liquid have already recognized the potential of green methanol and are currently building out their capacities to generate this fuel. It is clear to us that green methanol, in combination with the GPC, can combine a competitive solution for a CO2-neutral transport industry.

The Future of Long-Distance Transport with the GPC

In the EU, heavy duty trucks, buses, and coaches emit approximately 25% of all CO2 emissions related to road transport. The urgency and corresponding potential for sustainable innovation are therefore immense.

Gumpert Automobile is already working on a Transporter/ Midsize Truck project supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economics. Test drives have confirmed the GPC’s capacity to power a Transporter/ Midsize Truck for over 1000km (video) and a rate of consumption of 14.5L/100km Methanol (corresponds to 6.6L/100km Diesel). Therefore, Gumpert Automobile is focusing on the continuous development of the GPC, as well as critical performance indicators in the transport industry such as range, refueling time, and operating costs (TCO). To document the carbon net-neutrality, as well as the efficiency of the green methanol-based combustion technology relative to pure hydrogen and electric solutions, our work is supported by the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt (THI).

The methanol cycle - from production to a clean operation

The methanol cycle - from production to a clean operation

We combine the best of green driving Technologies

Electric

Hydrogen

eFuels

Liquid Electricity

Gumpert Power Cell for commercial vehicles

The mobility of tomorrow

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Transportation

Transport as a liquid, like conventional fuel

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Distribution

Use of existing petrol station infrastructure

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Refueling Process

Conversion of the existing fuel dispensers

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Conversion

Convert methanol into electricity

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Limitless Driving

Electric and Co2-neutral

The Mobility of Tomorrow

Transportation

Transport as a liquid, like conventional fuel

Distribution

Use of the existing petrol station infrastructure

Refueling

Conversion of the existing fuel dispensers

Conversion

Convert methanol into electricity

Limitless Driving

Electric and CO2-neutral

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What we do.

We are developers of methanol fuel cells for the automotive industry.

Electricity can be stored in the form of liquid fuel by using methanol as a liquid energy carrier.

The production of methanol has already reached a large scale, so it can be easily distributed and stored anywhere in the world.

It is possible to produce methanol from renewable sources that emits zero carbon dioxide from well-to-wheel.

There are only a few modifications required to make it compatible with the existing infrastructure.

Be part of our Future.

We are looking for highly motivated people who want to be part of the automotive industry future. Join us on an innovative journey.

We want you!

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Proof of Concept is already done

KM/H - maximum speed
seconds 0-100 km/h
refueling in minutes
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Proof of Concept is already done

KM/H - maximum speed
seconds 0-100 km/h
refueling in minutes
km - range