“Designed for Transport for London, the (fuel cell) system saves fuel, allowing these vehicles to operate for up to nineteen hours without refueling.”

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Ballard designs and manufactures fully-integrated FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell modules delivering 75 kW or 150 kW of power for use in the bus market. Ballard’s leading-edge fuel cell technology combined with our customer’s advanced hybrid bus system designs have demonstrated improved vehicle performance, durability and lower cost. All of which has created a path to commercialization for the fuel cell hybrid bus.

Zero-emission fuel cell-powered buses deliver economic, operational as well as environmental benefits, when compared to traditional diesel or diesel hybrid systems. Economic benefits are a direct result of increased fuel cell efficiency and reliability. And fuel cell buses emit only water vapour, eliminating air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particulate matter. Fuel cell buses can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a “well-to-wheel” basis, when compared to conventional technologies.


Bus Market

Ballard’s sixth generation FCvelocity®-HD6 modules powered the fuel cell bus fleet operated by BC Transit in Whistler, British Columbia until March 2014, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,000 tonnes per year. The BC Transit fleet of 20 fuel cell buses was the largest in the world. 

Ballard and its partners are demonstrating through volume deployments in North America, Western Europe, and South America, that fuel cell hybrid buses are following a viable path toward becoming a cost-competitive commercial alternative to diesel and diesel hybrids in the transit bus market.


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