VANCOUVER and WINNIPEG, CANADA – Ballard’s FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell power module has successfully powered a new 60-foot (18 meter) articulated bus manufactured by New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of heavy duty transit buses and motor coaches in the United States and Canada. The propulsion system for the Xcelsior® XHE60 was developed through a partnership between Ballard, New Flyer and Siemens.
An inaugural road demonstration of the Xcelsior® XHE60 heavy duty bus has been conducted, with participation from representatives of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) of California and Metro Transit of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bus will be operated in revenue service by AC Transit for 22 months, following completion of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) mandated comprehensive evaluation program at the Altoona test facility located at Penn State in Pennsylvania.
At that point the Xcelsior® XHE60, with a capacity of over 120 passengers and a target range of greater than 250 miles (400 kilometers), is expected to be commercially available.
The Xcelsior® XHE60 propulsion system includes a combination of batteries, Ballard’s fuel cell module and hydrogen storage, with the batteries capturing braking energy and providing power for bus acceleration. Ballard’s seventh generation FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell power module is smaller and lighter, as well as lower cost, than its predecessor.
Karim Kassam, Ballard Vice President - Commercial said, “This road demonstration represents an exciting next step in the North American clean energy mass transit market. We are working closely with our partners New Flyer and Siemens to ensure successful testing at Altoona and revenue service with AC Transit.”
Paul Smith, New Flyer Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing added, “The Xcelsior® XHE60 has the operational capabilities of no other transit vehicle in the world. We are proud of what our engineers and key partner suppliers, including Ballard, have accomplished and thank the FTA for their active sponsorship of this next generation program.”
Funding has been provided through an FTA grant administered by CALSTART, a non-profit organization focused on clean air technology commercialization. The FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program is a cooperative initiative between government and industry to advance the commercialization of fuel cell technology in U.S. transit buses. Goals of the program include facilitating the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies, improving transit bus efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and reducing transit bus emissions.
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