Ballard Power Systems signed an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to extend the operation of eight hydrogen fuel cell buses in London for five more years. TfL first began operation of the first five fuel cell buses in 2010 as part of its publicly stated goal to reduce CO2 emissions 60% from the 1990 level, by 2025. Three additional zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses joined the fleet in 2013. All eight buses are powered by Ballard’s FCvelocity fuel cell module.
The eight buses are operated by Transport for London on its central Covent Garden-Tower Gateway route. The fleet has been operating in service for more than 73,000 hours, with fuel performance and reliability exceeding expectations.
The contract extension is being partially funded by the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies, which provides subsidies for eligible projects through a cost share mechanism.