Ballard Milestones

  • Ballard becomes the first fuel cell company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers of revenue service.


  • Strategic partnership formed with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. of China.
  • Formation of a joint venture with Guangdong Nation-Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd to produce fuel cell stacks in China.
  • First 22 of 300 fuel cell buses planned for deployment in the cities of Foshan and Yunfu, China begin operation. Strategic partnership formed with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. of China with an equity investment of $28.3M.


  • $5M strategic investment by Nisshinbo Holdings Inc.
  • Launch of Ballard's 7th generation FCveloCity®-HD module for motive applications.
  • Acquisition of Protonex Technology Corporation (US).


  • Acquisition of fuel cell IP portfolio from United Technologies Corporation.


  • Ballard signs a long-term engineering services contract to advance Volkswagen AG fuel cell automotive research program.
  • $4M strategic investment in Ballard by South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum Limited.


  • Acquisition of Dantherm Power (DK) which became Ballard Power Systems Europe.


  • Deployment of 20 Ballard-powered fuel cell buses in Whistler, BC in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. The fleet surpassed one million kilometers in operation in 2011.


  • Ballard divests automotive development division to partners Daimler AG & Ford Motor Company.


  • The fleet of 33 Ballard-powered fuel cell buses operating in Europe, Iceland and Australia surpass one million kilometers of revenue service.


  • Deployment of 30 fuel cell buses in revenue service operating in ten European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Porto, Reykjavik, Stockholm, and Stuttgart. In addition, three fuel cell buses are deployed in Perth, Australia and three in Beijing, China.


  • Chicago Transit Authority and BC Transit (Vancouver) each deploy three Ballard-powered fuel cell buses in revenue service for a two year demonstration and testing program.


  • Ballard listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
  • Ballard fuel cell stack achieved a power density of 700 watts per kilogram.


  • First fuel cell bus presented by Ballard in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Collaboration agreement between Ballard and Daimler-Benz for the joint development of a compact, high power density fuel cell stack.
  • Ballard IPO listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).


  • Development of a 90 kW fuel cell engine for transit buses.


  • Commencement of a joint program between Ballard, General Motors and the US Department of Energy for the development of a fuel cell powered passenger vehicle.


  • Development of a 5 kW fuel cell stack.


  • Ballard Power Systems Inc. is incorporated in British Columbia, Canada.


  • Development of the first Ballard fuel cell stack operating on pressurized air.


  • In the course of investigating environmentally-clean energy systems with commercial potential, Ballard began working on the development of PEM fuel cells.


  • Ballard Research Inc. is founded by Geoffrey Ballard, Keith Prater and Paul Howard to conduct research and development of high-energy lithium batteries.


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