Magna International

Alternative Energy Storage Systems


Innovating Mobility for the Future

Our innovation strategy is focused on customer requirements and brand-defining features. Our extensive project experience, company tradition and flexibility are reflected in our innovative portfolio. We concentrate on projects that contribute to the eco-friendliness of individual mobility, with a focus on technologies that facilitate the economic use of fossil fuels and reduce fuel consumption.

CNG Lightweight Storage Systems

Natural-gas driven vehicles represent a cheap and quickly realizable option over purely gasoline and diesel-driven vehicles to be able to fulfill the European Union (EU) directive on reducing CO2 emissions.

Magna is developing and manufacturing high-quality bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel-tank systems. These fuel-tank systems consist of a deep-drawn plastic tank for gasoline and several CNG type IV containers. All components including the required crash-protection parts are accommodated on a single unit holder, thus enabling a simple and safe installation in the vehicle.

Our CNG fuel-tank system uses high-pressure type IV containers made of carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) and glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP). These containers allow a maximum operating pressure of 260 bar at a typical storage volume of between 12 and 90 liters. The design of type IV containers allows weight savings of up to 65 percent over type I containers made of steel.

Hydrogen Storage Systems

Hydrogen has the potential to supplement fossil fuels in the future and, ultimately, to replace them entirely. We play a significant role in the development and manufacture of hydrogen storage systems.

Our work focuses on the following areas:

  • Compressed hydrogen storage systems (C-H2)
  • Liquid hydrogen storage systems (L-H2)


Our drivable demonstrator, the FCREEV (fuel-cell range-extended electric vehicle), shows how very long ranges can be achieved at zero emissions. Combining a hydrogen and electric drive, it runs without any fossil fuels at all. That way it leverages the advantages of two alternative drive systems: fast fueling and the high-energy density of hydrogen as well as the available infrastructure for electric charging. The implemented drive architecture can be adapted to OEM-specific demands and different vehicle segments. A compact-size car, for example, can cover 90 km in purely electric mode and 500 km in combined hybrid operation without recharging or refueling.