Ballard Selected by U.S. FTA to Power Four Buses under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program
- Ballard to work with 4 system integrators on reduced-cost bus configurations
- Will help advance clean fuel cell bus commercialization, using no fossil fuels
The funded program is aimed at reducing fuel cell bus cost, expanding the supply chain and demonstrating fuel cell buses with transit agencies, potentially leading to larger procurements in future. Ballard will deliver four FCvelocity(R) fuel cell power modules in 2011 from its
One of the Ballard zero-emission modules will produce 150 kilowatts (kW) of power, while the remaining three modules will each produce 75kW of power. These will be integrated into hybrid electric drive systems on transit buses slated for operation in
The National Fuel Cell Bus Program facilitates development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies and related infrastructure for deployment in transit revenue service. The FTA is playing a key role in accelerating fuel cell bus deployments, providing greater public exposure to the safe operation of zero emission vehicles and leading to broader acceptance of this technology.
“These awards are enabling four sophisticated system integrators to incorporate Ballard zero-emission fuel cell technology into a range of innovative vehicle configurations,” said
Ballard continues to work with U.S. industry and clean transportation advocates, including CALSTART and the Center for Transportation and the Environment, to stimulate use of fuel cell technology in transit buses. Increased volumes of fuel cell-powered buses are expected to support cost and price reductions through scale economies, enabling fuel cell solutions to compete more effectively with incumbent transit technologies.
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