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Ballard fuel cell buses hit the 6.2M milestone

That’s the equivalent of driving 250 times around the globe.

January 4, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

VANCOUVER — Buses powered by hydrogen fuel cell engines from Ballard Power Systems have logged more than 10 million kilometres (6.2 million miles) of service, which is equivalent to circling the globe 250 times at the equator.

The Vancouver-based clean energy company claims this as a first in the fuel cell industry, thanks to seven generations of its FCveloCity fuel cell engine deployed in buses in 15 countries on five continents over the past decade.

Ballard has worked with 13 bus manufacturers to develop a variety of fuel cell bus configurations deployed in a wide range of operating conditions. There are 80 of these buses on the road today: 41 in Europe; 24 in China; 13 in the US; three in Brazil; and one in India.

“The achievement of 10 million cumulative kilometers of revenue service is a major industry and corporate milestone,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s president and CEO. “We are moving beyond technical validation into commercial scaling at a time where market demand is at a breakthrough inflection point.”

Fuel cell buses equipped with Ballard engines typically have a 350 kilometre (220 mile) range between refuelling stops, which takes as little as seven minutes. Ballard pegs fuel economy as one and a half times that of diesel and two times CNG buses.


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