BALLARD FUEL CELLS TO REACH 10+ MILLION KILOMETERS OF REVENUE SERVICE
Ballard Power Systems announced that it is the first fuel cell company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers (6.2 million miles) of revenue service, equivalent to circling the Earth 250 times at the equator.
This fuel cell industry milestone has been achieved across the company's seven generations of its FCveloCity fuel cell engine, which have been deployed in buses in 15 countries on 5 continents during the past 10 years. Over this period Ballard has worked with 13 bus manufacturers to develop a variety of fuel cell bus configurations that have been deployed in a wide range of climatic conditions and operated under a host of demanding duty cycles. Today Ballard FCveloCity® engines are powering more than 80 buses around the globe: 41 in Europe, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and the U.K.; 24 in the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu, China; 13 in the U.S.A., including the states of California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio; 3 in Brazil; and 1 in India. Ballard is seeing increased market demand for FCveloCity fuel cell engines of various sizes for use in a number of different vehicle types, including more than 300 buses in Foshan and Yunfu, China and fuel cell orders from strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. to power 10,000 commercial vehicles that will be deployed in its China vehicle leasing business, thereby creating significant demand pull-through for Ballard technology. A recent purchase order from OEM Solaris Bus & Coach for engines to power buses for deployment in Riga, Latvia.
In the past year FCveloCity-MD 30kW and FCveloCity-HD 60kW product extensions have been added to Ballard's FCveloCity-HD 85kW product in order to broaden the addressable range of motive applications, from smaller commercial vehicles and 8 meter (24 foot) buses up to large articulated buses. In addition, the FCveloCity-XD 200kW product will be capable of powering light rail systems. Fuel cell buses manufactured and integrated by Ballard's leading partners and equipped with Ballard engines typically offer a host of important attributes, including 350 kilometer (220 mile) range between refuelings, rapid refueling in as little as 7 minutes, and improved fuel economy compared to diesel buses (1.5x) and CNG buses (more than 2x).