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Ballard Power Systems will supply next-generation FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell power modules for 8 buses to be deployed in a number of Chinese cities to a Chinese manufacturer. Ballard expects to ship all of the modules in 2015.

We are now beginning to see meaningful evidence of growing demand for clean energy mass transportation alternatives in China, including both buses and trams. This demand is being driven by a pressing need to address China’s challenging air quality issues, for which fuel cell technology is seen as an emerging option.

—Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO

China’s rapid economic expansion over the recent past is resulting in public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality. Too, in 2013, China’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion accounted for 29% of the global total, compared to 15% from the United States. As a result, the Government is investing heavily in the renewable energy industry and on actions designed to save energy and reduce emissions.

China’s growth has also spawned the largest commercial vehicle segment in the world, in terms of production and domestic sales, including the manufacture of more than 70,000 city buses in 2011. In that same year automotive emissions contributed more than 33% of the air pollution in Beijing, Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta Region.

A new energy program, launched in 2011 and involving 48 Chinese cities, has an objective of expanding public transit while also reducing the number of vehicles in cities. One of the program’s specific goals is to deploy more than 1,000 clean energy buses in each of its participating cities, taking advantage of Government subsidies to facilitate this expansion.

Fuel cell buses, along with electric buses, are eligible for a subsidy of approximately US$150,000, through 2017. In addition, hydrogen fueling stations are eligible for a further subsidy of approximately US$650,000.



A program to introduce 1,000 FC and/or e-buses in each 48+ major Chinese cities and 100,000+ Km of high speed e-trains in five to eight years is only possible in CHINA.

No other country could do it that fast (except in war time?)

Maybe, we should declare war on GHG and pollution?


Judging by the success of the wars on drugs, terror, poverty etc etc ,the last thing we want is a (US led no doubt) war on GHG. Not to say that putting the world on a war footing would not be great, just the political optics are terrible.


Lip service will not be enough to keep up with China in the next 10 - 20 years.

We will have to find better ways to accelerate the electrification of ground transportation. It accounts for 38% to 42% of GHG and pollution in our Hydro electrified province. Private industries are not interested in the electrication of cargo and passenger trains, long haul trucks and buses. Their main interest these days is to haul more and more Oil from Alberta.

Industries will quickly move to where the profit margins are higher regardless of GHG and pollution created?

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