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Ballard to supply two fuel cell modules to Solaris for bus deployments in Europe

30 January 2014

Ballard Power Systems will supply Solaris Bus and Coach with two zero emission fuel cell power modules to be used in buses planned for deployment in Hamburg, Germany. Delivery of Ballard’s next-generation FCvelocity-HD7 power modules to Solaris is planned for later this year.

It is Hamburg’s challenging goal as of 2020 not to buy any conventional diesel buses anymore. During the CUTE and HyFLEET/CUTE programs there was already a successful collaboration with Ballard, which we will now continue.

—Günter Elste, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Ballard’s fuel cell power modules will be utilized as range extenders for batteries in Solaris electric bus platforms. The FCvelocity-HD7 modules offer improved durability, reliability together with significant cost reduction in comparison to the previous generation product.

In 2013, Ballard fuel cell modules delivered greater than 97% availability in buses currently operating in the cities of London and Amsterdam.

Solaris Bus & Coach, based in Poland, is one of the leading players in the European bus industry. The Company manufactures intracity, intercity and special-purpose buses as well as low-floor trams. Since starting production in 1996, more than 10,000 Solaris vehicles have been deployed in 28 countries, including Poland, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

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FCEVs may be one of the best solution for clean running extended range buses and cargo trucks.

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