Ballard Power Systems

Burnaby,  BC 
Canada
http://www.ballard.com
  • Booth: 6719


Fuel cell electric buses for zero-emission transportation

At Ballard, we are re-imagining and reinventing the way we power cars, buses, and trains - making a meaningful difference in our communities that will continue long into the future. Fuel cell electric buses powered by Ballard deliver no emissions at the tailpipe with no compromise in service and operation compared to other zero-emission technologies.

Ballard supplies FCveloCity® motive modules to heavy duty vehicle manufacturers for integration into buses, trucks and light rail, ready for deployment in commercial fleets. Our fuel cell modules lead the industry in performance, durability, cost, and overall road experience. Designed for scalability, flexible integration and serviceability the FCveloCity® motive module is available in various configurations between 30kW and 200kW.

Fuel cell electric buses powered by Ballard's FCveloCity® motive modules have traveled more than 10 million kilometers (6.2 million miles) of revenue service, equivalent to circling the Earth 250 times, with availability above 85%. Ballard's FCveloCity® motive modules have been deployed in buses in 15 countries on five continents during the past ten years. 


 Press Releases

  • January 3, 2017

    VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it is the first fuel cell company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers (6.2 million miles) of revenue service, equivalent to circling the Earth 250 times at the equator. 

    This fuel cell industry milestone has been achieved across the company’s seven generations of its FCveloCity® fuel cell engine, which have been deployed in buses in 15 countries on 5 continents during the past 10 years. Over this period Ballard has worked with 13 bus manufacturers to develop a variety of fuel cell bus configurations that have been deployed in a wide range of climatic conditions and operated under a host of demanding duty cycles. 

    Today Ballard FCveloCity® engines are powering more than 80 buses around the globe: 41 in Europe, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and the U.K.; 24 in the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu, China; 13 in the U.S.A., including the states of California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio; 3 in Brazil; and 1 in India. 

    Ballard is seeing increased market demand for FCveloCity® fuel cell engines of various sizes for use in a number of different vehicle types, including: 

    • Ongoing shipments to fulfill additional requirements of partner Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power       Technology Co., Ltd. for more than 300 buses in Foshan and Yunfu, China; 
    • Fuel cell orders from strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. to power 10,000 commercial vehicles that will be deployed in its China vehicle leasing business, thereby creating significant demand pull-through for Ballard technology; 
    • Ballard’s ongoing development programs for 200 kilowatt (kW) engines to power urban light rail vehicles for China’s CRRC Corporation Ltd., the world’s largest train manufacturer; 
    • A recent purchase order from OEM Solaris Bus & Coach for engines to power buses for deployment in Riga, Latvia; 
    • Bidding for more than 100 fuel cell buses under Europe’s Horizon 2020 funded program; and 
    • Bidding on fuel cell bus programs funded by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under the Low and No Emission (LoNo) Vehicle Deployment Program. 

    “The achievement of 10 million cumulative kilometers of revenue service is a major industry and corporate milestone,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President CEO. “We are moving beyond technical validation into commercial scaling at a time where market demand is at a breakthrough inflection point. The cumulative learning by Ballard during our unparalleled field experience serves as a major competitive differentiator.” 

    Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice President – Technology and Product Development added, “We are extremely pleased with the evolution of our fuel cell engine development work and with the widespread implementation of demonstration programs around the globe over the past 10 years. Ballard has reduced fuel cell engine product cost by 75% over this period and we have improved engine reliability, durability and performance of our plug-and-play solutions to a highly competitive level. We are strongly positioned for rapid growth in scaled commercial revenue service deployments now underway and planned in China, Europe and the United States.” 

    In the past year FCveloCity®-MD 30kW and FCveloCity®-HD 60kW product extensions have been added to Ballard’s FCveloCity®-HD 85kW product in order to broaden the addressable range of motive applications, from smaller commercial vehicles and 8 meter (24 foot) buses up to large articulated buses. In addition, the FCveloCity®-XD 200kW product will be capable of powering light rail systems. 

    Fuel cell buses manufactured and integrated by Ballard’s leading partners and equipped with Ballard engines typically offer a host of important attributes, including: 
        • 350 kilometer (220 mile) range between refuelings; 
        • Rapid refueling in as little as 7 minutes; 
        • Improved fuel economy compared to diesel buses (1.5x) and CNG buses (more than 2x); 
        • Operating performance comparable to diesel and CNG buses; 
        • Comparable durability, with several fuel cell buses having passed the 20,000 operating hour threshold; 
        • Route flexibility, with no need for en-route recharging, such as overhead catenary wiring; and 
        • Reduced noise and smoother ride for improved passenger riding experience. 

    Ballard thanks all its partners, transit agencies, bus operators, bus manufacturers and service providers worldwide that have enabled achievement of the 10 million kilometer revenue service milestone. 

    About Ballard Power Systems 
    Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com. 

    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning anticipated product performance, customer benefits and market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand. 

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation. 

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. 

    Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

  • For Immediate Release – June 5, 2017

    VANCOUVER, CANADA and ZHONGSHAN, CHINA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it has entered into an $18 million supply contract with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. (“Broad-Ocean”; www.broad-ocean.com/en/index.html) to support the deployment of 400 FCveloCity® fuel cell engines integrated into clean energy buses and trucks in key Chinese cities. 

    The transaction is part of an ongoing program with Broad-Ocean to implement Ballard’s leading fuel cell technology in support of China’s ambitious plan to address environmental concerns and advance the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. The complementary addition of fuel cell systems effectively addresses the limitations of stand-alone battery solutions in certain use cases, resulting in growing demand for zero-emission and efficient propulsion systems that provide bus, truck and commercial vehicles with the traditional range and refueling times provided by legacy diesel solutions. 

    Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO commented, “Today’s announcement adds further momentum to our strategy in China’s new energy transportation market. This deal provides another critical validation of the rapidly emerging market opportunity in China for the adoption of fuel cell technology to help solve environmental challenges, including air quality. With our strategic partner Broad-Ocean, we are positioning Ballard to successfully address this opportunity and scale our business, while driving down costs to support sustainable long-term demand.”  

    This announcement, together with an $11 million transaction announced in April, means that Ballard is planning to support Broad-Ocean through the deployment of 600 fuel cell engines having a value of $29 million, with substantial deliveries expected to be made this year. In addition to these modules for use in strategic demonstration projects in key Chinese cities, Ballard also closed the strategic technology transfer, licensing and supply deal with Broad-Ocean in April, under which Broad-Ocean plans to set up three module assembly operations in China, representing a further $25 million to Ballard over 5-years.

    Founded in 1994, Broad-Ocean is headquartered in the City of Zhongshan in Guangdong Province and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The Company is a leading global manufacturer of motors that power small and specialized electric machinery for electric vehicles (EVs), including buses, commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles, and for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Broad-Ocean produces more than 50 million motors annually for customers on 5 continents. On August 18, 2016 Broad-Ocean became Ballard’s largest shareholder following an investment of $28.3 million in Ballard common shares, representing approximately 9.9% of Ballard’s outstanding common shares following the transaction.
     
    About Ballard Power Systems
    Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning planned product deployments, provision of services, market adoption and demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand. 

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities.  The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

    Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

  • February 13, 2017

    VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced the Company’s membership in the “Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium” (FCEBCC), a large-scale project for which funding has now been committed to support deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two California transit agencies. Ten (10) buses are to be deployed with Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District (AC Transit) and 10 buses are to be deployed with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). 

    The FCEBCC project is funded and sponsored by: the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the California Climate Investments program; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD); and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The Center for Transportation and Environment (CTE), a non-profit member-based organization, is providing project management and oversight. 

    Ballard will be providing 20 of its FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell engines to New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (“New Flyer”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. Ballard’s engines will power New Flyer 40-foot Xcelsior XHE40 fuel cell buses, which are planned to be delivered and in-service with AC Transit and OCTA by the end of 2018. The buses are to be supported by advanced hydrogen fueling infrastructure provided by The Linde Group. 

    Karim Kassam, Ballard’s Vice President – Commercial said, “This program represents an important next step in the broader adoption of fuel cell buses in the U.S. market. The consortium’s work will result in the largest deployment of fuel cell buses to this point in the United States. Ballard looks forward to supporting AC Transit and OCTA in their use of clean energy fuel cell buses to help reduce dependence on petroleum and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in California.” 

    The New Flyer Xcelsior buses, powered by Ballard engines, have a range of approximately 500 kilometers (over 300 miles), can be refueled in less than 10-minutes without the need for overnight plug-in battery recharging, can replace conventional buses without compromising operational performance, and generate zero tailpipe emissions. 

    Ballard has powered buses for over a cumulative 10 million kilometers (6.2 million miles) in revenue service – more than any other fuel cell company – and New Flyer has been very active in the North American fuel cell electric bus market. These efforts have contributed to improving the durability and reliability of these buses while demonstrating fuel economy 1.4x higher than diesel buses and 1.9x higher than CNG buses (refer to page viii of NREL report – http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67097.pdf). 

    This Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments, https://arb.ca.gov/caclimateinvestments. 

    About Ballard Power Systems 
    Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com. 

    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning anticipated product performance, customer benefits and market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand. 

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation. 

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. 

    Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

  • September 29, 2016

    VANCOUVER, CANADA and FOSHAN, CHINA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today 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, 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.

    Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President & CEO said, “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.”

     Mr. MacEwen continued, “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.”

    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.

    Mr. Xu Guo, Vice Mayor of the City of Foshan/Yunfu said, “We are moving the Cities of Foshan and Yunfu into the future by adopting zero-emission fuel cell buses that have long range, fast refueling and outstanding passenger comfort. We expect additional routes to be commissioned in the coming months.”

    Mr. Frank Ma, Chairman of Synergy stated, “In the past year we have localized Ballard-designed fuel cell modules in Foshan/Yunfu to meet the fast growing demand for clean energy buses in China. Our program for 300 fuel cell buses will now enter the next phase of rapid scaling.”

    Mr. Jiang Yong, General Manager of Feichi added, “We are thrilled with the progress made with Feichi fuel cell buses. Our 11 meter fuel cell bus platform has been permitted. Our new fuel cell bus manufacturing facility in Yunfu has been completed. And, we are first-to-market in China with a leading fuel cell bus offering.” 

    About Ballard Power Systems
    Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand. 

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

    Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

  • November 29, 2016

    VANCOUVER, CANADA and POZNAN, POLAND – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that it has signed a Long-Term Sales Agreement (“LTSA”) with Solaris Bus & Coach (“Solaris”; www.solarisbus.com), a bus OEM headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe. An initial order placed under the LTSA is for 10 FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell modules, with deliveries planned to start in 2017. 

    Each 85 kilowatt FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell module that has been ordered will be deployed as a range extender in a Solaris Trollino model low-floor trolley bus. Solaris has signed a contract with Rigas Satiksme, the transport operator in the city of Riga, Latvia for 10 of the Trollino trolley buses. These fuel cell buses represent a highly flexible clean energy mass transportation solution, since they will be capable of operating on routes that have no overhead or catenary wiring. 

    Karim Kassam, Ballard’s Vice President – Commercial said, “We look forward to our long-term partnership with Solaris. We believe this initial deployment of 10 buses will represent the first fuel cell-equipped trolley buses deployed anywhere in the world.” 

    Solaris is a major European manufacturer of city, intercity and special-purpose buses as well as low-floor trams. Since the start of production in 1996, Solaris has manufactured over 15,000 vehicles for delivery to 30 countries including Latvia, where the company has been active since 2001. 

    The Solaris Trollino model articulated bus that will be delivered to Rigas is 18.75 meters (61.5 feet) long and is equipped with a battery. The onboard fuel cell module will engage as the trolley bus moves into any portion of its route that does not have catenary wiring, thereby extending the operating range of the bus. The fuel cell module is a clean energy alternative to diesel auxiliary power units (APUs) currently used in Trollino buses. 

    Dr. Andreas Strecker, Solaris CEO said, “I am extremely proud that we will manufacture the first hydrogen-powered trolley buses in Europe in cooperation with Rigas Satiksme, one of our most faithful customers.” 

    Dr. Eng. Dariusz Michalak, Solaris Deputy CEO added, “The contract we have just signed with the operator of Latvia’s capital city is another milestone on the road to considerably increase the number of hydrogen-powered buses in Europe.” 

    About Ballard Power Systems 
    Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com. 

    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand. 

    These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation. 

    This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. 

    Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com


 Products

  • FCveloCity® motive modules
    Ballard FCveloCity® fuel cell modules offer a complete portfolio of power solutions to meet the requirements of a wide range of heavy duty vehicles with different operating cycles and levels of electric hybridization....

  • Ballard FCveloCity® heavy duty motive modules, based on Ballard’s proprietary PEM fuel cell stack technology, lead the industry in performance, durability, cost, and overall road experience.

    ​Designed for scalability, flexible integration and serviceability the FCveloCity® motive module is available in various configurations between 30kW and 200kW.

    Ballard supplies the FCveloCity® motive module to mass transit vehicle manufacturers for integration into buses and light rail vehicles. FCveloCity® products offer a low risk, versatile and easy installation solution for system integrators, backed by Ballard’s unmatched experience and support.

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