Buyers of “kraftwerk” fuel cell chargers may have to wait a little longer still. The manufacturer of the devices, eZelleron, cited an ongoing legal dispute about trademark rights and intellectual property as the reason for having to postpone shipments even further. Sascha Kühn, CEO of eZelleron, told H2-international that he would like to provide more details on the situation, but the charges which Kraftwerk, an electronic music band, had brought against the company just 5 days after its crowdfunding campaign ended (see kraftwerk stays kraftwerk) prevented him from making any comment at all. And eZelleron put out a statement saying, “We are required by law to remove the project from the public’s view until the dispute has been settled.” The decision did not impact any of the orders placed or payments made, it added, as the crowdfunding venture had been successfully completed.
At the same time, the company has been trying to get a foothold in the automotive industry. In late 2016, eZelleron partnered with Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand. Kühn said that the objective of the partnership was to develop a new electric car engine.