Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (collectively “New Flyer”) 40-foot and 60-foot Xcelsior fuel cell-electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity®-HD 85 kilowatt (kW) modules, have completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
With this important accomplishment, New Flyer’s 40-foot and 60-foot FCEBs, using Ballard’s FCveloCity®-HD 85kW module, are commercially available for sale utilizing FTA funding. Both models will also be eligible for California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). HVIP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The current $300,000 voucher incentive covers 40-foot transit buses and Class 8 trucks powered exclusively by hydrogen fuel cells. Both funding opportunities enable transit agencies to support the transition to zero-emission operations.
New Flyer’s Xcelsior FCEBs offer a complement of important advantages to battery-electric alternatives, including: extended range in excess of 260 miles; rapid refueling with hydrogen in less than 10-minutes; 95% material recycling; and full route flexibility.
Rob Campbell, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “This is an exciting development for New Flyer and we are very pleased to be working with this dynamic, leading bus OEM. Frost & Sullivan projects that 40% of new heavy duty transit buses in the U.S. will be electric by 2022. Ballard provides zero-emission, high performance fuel cell modules to power FCEBs within this rapidly-growing transit segment.”
Chris Stoddart, President of New Flyer noted, “New Flyer, along with many major automotive manufacturers, strongly believes that hydrogen and fuel cell technology remains a viable complementary electric propulsion option for clean cities with extended range operations. We celebrate this important milestone in deploying zero-emission bus propulsion technology on a proven, safe, and reliable bus platform.”
As cities and new regulations push transit agencies to accelerate the transition of bus fleets to zero emission vehicles, FCEBs – powered by Ballard’s FCveloCity®-HD module – will offer a one-to-one replacement for diesel and CNG buses, with no compromise in terms of service and no road-side recharging infrastructure.
Testing at the Altoona, Pennsylvania facility included evaluations of safety, structural integrity and durability, reliability, performance, maintainability, noise, fuel economy, and braking.
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