Ballard Power Systems signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd. (King Long), a leading global developer, designer and manufacturer of buses, to design and deploy fuel cell-powered buses.
The companies have agreed to collaborate on the development, optimization and production of a prototype fuel cell bus, with Ballard supplying its proprietary fuel cell engine along with Technology Solutions support for this purpose. The companies also plan to collaborate on key deployments of fuel cell buses, initially in China and eventually in King Long’s global network.
We are delighted to be working with the second largest bus OEM in the world on this important fuel cell bus design and market opportunity. Together, we are looking to optimize the design in order to improve performance, while lowering cost. This will help drive fuel cell buses to cost parity with incumbent bus technologies. King LongÆs strategic commitment to fuel cell bus deployment represents further validation of the substantial potential for zero-emission mass transit solutions in China and beyond.—Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO
King Long was founded in 1988 to focus on R&D, manufacture and sale of coaches, buses and mini vans. The Company has three manufacturing bases in China covering a total land area of 800,000 square meters (8.6 million square feet) where it produces approximately 25,000 buses and 30,000 mini vans annually, ranging from 4.8-to-18 meters in length (16-to-60 feet). King Long has achieved average annual sales growth of 34% over its history, manufacturing a total of more than 250,000 buses including 35,000 buses in 2014 alone.