Public transit leaders know that zero-emission buses are critical to the future of transit.  Many regions around the world are setting goals and mandates to convert entire fleets to electric buses.


Global deployment

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses are Electric Buses

Fuel cells improve the performance of electric buses by generating onboard power from hydrogen to recharge the batteries. Today, bus manufacturers offer fuel cell buses to transit agencies as a standard electric propulsion option.


0:00 / 0:00

0:00 / 0:00

On the Front Lines with Ballard Europe: Supporting
Integration of Our Latest Fuel Cell Modules

Transit Buses in California - Zero Emission by 2040

 Advantages of Fuel Cell Electric Buses

Fuel cell electric buses offer a one-to-one replacement for diesel and CNG buses, with no compromise in service. Key attributes of fuel cell electric buses:

• Zero-emission at the tailpipe

• Consistent power delivery during the duty cycle, in heat and cold

• Range of up to 300 miles or 450 km between refueling 

• Compact depot gas refueling, eliminating the need for roadside charging infrastructure

• Can be refueled in less than 10 minutes

• Proven durability, with fuel cell lifetime of more than 30,000 hours 


New Flyer

Hydrogen Provides Operational Flexibility

Hydrogen is ideal for centralized fueling of transit fleets. Quick refueling means buses have less downtime and higher utilization. In many cases, agencies can install hydrogen refueling infrastructure with a similar footprint to CNG refueling. Today several companies provide turnkey hydrogen infrastructure solutions and are developing methods to produce green hydrogen from renewable energy.


Pau deployments

Ballard's Experience

With more than 15 years on the road and millions of kilometers in passenger service, fuel cell electric buses have proven their performance, demonstrating reliable operation long daily drive cycles during all seasons and in challenging geographies. Today, there are more than 1,300+ fuel cell electric buses powered by Ballard deployed globally.

Buses powered by Ballard have achieved durability records with more than 35,000 hours of revenue service. This is equivalent to operating a bus on a 14-hour daily schedule, 5-days per week for more than eight years with no significant maintenance to the fuel cell stack, a core engine component.

Deployment Map _Buses_April 2024

Case Studies

Fuel cell zero-emission buses for Aberdeen, Scotland

Fuel Cell Zero-Emission Buses for Aberdeen, Scotland

Fuel cell zero-emission buses for Foshan and Yunfu, China

Fuel Cell Zero-Emission Buses in Foshan & Yunfu, China

Fuel cell zero-emission buses for the City of London

Fuel Cell Zero-Emission Transit for the City of London

Fuel cell zero-emission buses for Pau, France

Fuel Cell Zero-Emission Buses for Pau, France

Fuel cell zero emission buses for Cologne Region, Germany

Fuel Cell Zero-Emission Buses for Cologne Region, Germany


FC electric bus
Fuel cell electric bus proven performance
FC Buses for Canada
FCEB business case –Canada
FC Buses Scandinavia
FCEB business case – Scandinavia 
FC Buses for CA
FCEB business case – California
Fuel cell electric bus an attractive value proposition for zero emission buses in France - English
FCEB business case – France (EN)
Fuel cell electric bus an attractive value proposition for zero emission buses in France - French
FCEB business case – France (FR)
FC for UK
FCEB business case –United Kingdom
Fuel cell electric bus an attractive value proposition for zero emission buses in Denmark
FCEB business case study - Denmark 
H2 Fueling US Version
Hydrogen fueling infrastructure (US) 

H2 Fueling EU Version

Hydrogen fueling infrastructure (Europe) 

Fuel Cell Electric Bus Zero Emission Public Transit

Fuel Cell Electric Buses - Zero Emission Public Transit

FC Electric Buses Adapting Maintenance Facilities for Hydrogen

Fuel Cell Electric Buses - Service, Adoption &


Stay Up to Date

* fields are required.