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Commissioning of initial 12 Ballard-powered buses in China’s largest fuel cell bus deployment

Ballard Power Systems announced the commissioning and deployment of an initial 12 fuel cell-powered buses in the District of Sanshui, in the City of Foshan, in the Province of Guangdong, China. The buses will be operated by Foshan Sanshui Guohong Public Transit Co. Ltd., on demonstration route #682 from Gaofeng Park Station to Shuidu Industrial Park Station.

The buses are 11 meters in length and feature advanced safety systems, 80-person capacity, anticipated driving range in excess of 300 kilometers (186 miles), expected hydrogen gas consumption of less than 6.5 kilograms per 100 kilometers, zero tailpipe emissions and remote monitoring. Unlike many battery electric bus routes, the transit route in Foshan will not require any catenary wires or on-route recharging.

In September 2015 we announced the planned deployment of 300 fuel cell-powered buses in Foshan/Yunfu. Our program consortium has made considerable progress over the past year, including localization of Ballard-designed fuel cell engines, establishment of a fuel cell bus manufacturing facility, local procurement activities, development of systems integration capabilities, national permitting of a fuel cell bus platform, preparations for hydrogen refueling infrastructure and development of our China service team.

Now the first installment of zero-emission fuel cell buses is hitting the roads in Foshan, with the commissioning of an initial 12 buses in passenger service. This marks the largest deployment of fuel cell buses in China’s history. The Foshan and Yunfu governments are demonstrating strong vision and leadership by solving a growing need for mass urban transit while responsibly addressing local air quality and stimulating local economic development.

—Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President & CEO

Ballard’s program partners include:

  • Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd. (“Synergy”), providing 85 kilowatt fuel cell engines designed by Ballard;

  • Foshan Feichi Bus (“Feichi”), manufacturer of the buses;

  • Shanghai Reinventing Fire Technology Company Limited (“Re-Fire”), a leading Chinese fuel cell vehicle systems integrator that has integrated the fuel cell engines into the Feichi buses; and

  • Zhangjiagang Furui Special Equipment Co., Ltd. (“Furuise”), a Chinese leader in liquefying, storage, transit and application of liquefied naturalgas, including LNG and CNG vehicle gas filling stations and is expected to be the provider of hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

Comments

HarveyD

Since medium and large H2 stations can be shared with regular FCEVs, FC buses, FC trucks and eventually with FC locomotives, these early FC buses could open new H2 markets and nation wide clean travel.

Pur EV (battery) units will have a hard time to match.

SJC

Make the H2 with renewable contracts, sell the oxygen then allow cars as well.

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