• Ballard to work with 4 system integrators on reduced-cost bus configurations
• Will help advance clean fuel cell bus commercialization, using no fossil fuels
For Immediate Release – December 22, 2010
LOWELL, MA and VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) today announced that the company will be participating in four Federal Transit Administration (FTA) projects for development and deployment of clean, zero-emission fuel cell buses under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program.
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® fuel cell power modules in 2011 from its Lowell, MA facility, one each to system integrators BAE Systems Inc. – which has partnered with Ballard previously – Proterra Inc., EVAmerica LLC and DesignLine USA.
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 Alabama, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) said, “Ballard is leading the way in developing the clean energy technology that creates jobs, protects our environment, and lowers our dependence on foreign sources of fuel. This award from the FTA is a significant step forward in their development of zero emission buses and is excellent news for the continued growth of Ballard’s Lowell operation.”
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 Michael Goldstein, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Buses will then be showcased in various transit agency operating environments. The additional system integration partners demonstrating multiple bus configurations will help to accelerate the path to a cleaner environment and quieter streets for everyone.”
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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