Ballard gets order for 10 fuel-cell modules for Latvia-bound trolley buses
Will extend range on operating on routes that have no overhead or catenary wiring.
Ballard Power Systems
Ballard, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel sell technology, said the 85-kilowatt modules will be deployed as range extenders in Solaris Trollino low-floor trolley buses.
Solaris has signed a contract with Rigas Satiksme, the transport operator in Riga, Latvia for 10 of the buses, which are capable of operating on routes that have no overhead or catenary wiring.
The articulated buses are 18.75 metres long, each equipped with a battery. The onboard fuel cell module, an alternative to diesel auxiliary power units currently used in Trollino buses, will engage as the trolley moves into any portion of its route that does not have catenary wiring.
Deliveries are to start in 2017.
No financial information related to the value of the contract was released.