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Ballard unveils 8th generation fuel cell module for heavy duty motive market: FCmove-HD

Ballard Power Systems unveiled its 8th generation high-performance fuel cell module, the FCmove-HD, at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit being held in Stockholm, Sweden.



The culmination of product development and field experience based on almost 14 million kilometers (9 million miles) of vehicle operation, Ballard’s FCmove-HD fuel cell module is compact, robust and offers a 35% reduction in lifecycle cost.

The FCmove-HD fuel cell module is the first in a family of FCmove products to be introduced and is specifically designed to meet the requirements of transit bus operators. It will be used in 1,000 fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) to be deployed in Europe by the new H2Bus Consortium, which was announced on 3 June. (Earlier post.)

Future FCmove products will offer various power outputs to suit a broad range of commercial vehicles including trucks, coaches and trains.

Today, we see growing global interest in the compelling value proposition uniquely offered by fuel cell electric vehicles in Medium and Heavy Duty transportation applications. With a 35% reduction in lifecycle cost, the FCmove-HD module represents a major advancement in the cost competitiveness of fuel cell solutions for this market. Today’s product unveiling positions Ballard as the market leader in zero-emission PEM fuel cell power solutions for the Heavy Duty Motive market.

—Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO

Benefits of FCmove-HD compared to the current generation heavy-duty fuel cell module include:

  • Lower Lifecycle Cost. Expected 35% reduction in product lifecycle cost, achieved through lower maintenance requirements, higher reliability and 50% fewer parts.

  • High Reliability. The fuel cell module is a completely integrated system designed with a new generation of more robust balance-of-plant components to improve reliability. Utilizing Ballard’s latest FCgen-LCS fuel cell stack technology, the Company delivers its most reliable product to date with an expected operating lifetime greater than 30,000 hours.

  • Simplified System Integration. The smaller, more powerful fuel cell module enables greater flexibility in commercial vehicle design. Reducing the volume by 40% and weight by 35% has produced a compact, low-profile module that is ready to install in tight spaces.

  • Freeze Start Capability. FCmove is tolerant to a wider range of operating conditions, including freeze start to -25⁰C (-13⁰F) without external energy. There is no need to plug in the vehicle or use special start procedures.

  • Higher Temperature Operation. The fuel cell module can operate at higher temperatures, thereby permitting a smaller cooling package for integration flexibility, and generates HVAC heating, significantly improving overall fuel economy and vehicle efficiency.

Longtime Ballard customer Solaris Bus & Coach, based in Poland, is the first European transit bus manufacturer to integrate the FCmove-HD module into an FCEB. (Earlier post.) The Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is also being unveiled and displayed at UITP Summit 2019.


Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen fuel cell electric bus

Ballard will continue to support existing customers that are using its current generation FCveloCity fuel cell modules.



Mass produced new fuel cells are getting better, cheaper, smaller, lighter and will last longer (above 30,000 hours).

FCs have a great future in heavy trucks, extended range all weather buses, passenger high speed trains, boats/ships, drones and airplanes.

Tim Duncan

30,000 hrs is impressive!! Couple with cold start capacity, better heating and cooling efficiency, smaller, lighter, cheaper they have lots to smile about. But this doesn’t show how they come in vs alternatives, especially initial cost. And packaging the fuel tank was always the problem not the cells. So system summary would be nice.


Good to see them using continuous improvement.

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