Ballard and Van Hool Deepen Ties on Fuel Cell Bus Commercialisation

09 Dec 2013

Van Hool bus powered by Ballard fuel cell

Ballard Power Systems has announced a continuation of its long standing relationship with Van Hool on fuel cell bus development with the signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is a joint response to the recent call for proposals under the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and hopes to expand the deployment of fuel cell buses in European cities.

Leopold Van Hool, Van Hool Chairman of the Board said, "With the signing of this MOU, we look forward to expanding the success of our zero-emission bus partnership with Ballard to include even more cities in the European transit bus market."

Ballard FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell power modules are delivering a high level of performance in European buses. For example, on a year-to-date basis, Ballard fuel cell modules have delivered availability greater than 97% in buses operating in London and Amsterdam.

For the newly funded buses, Ballard will deliver its next-generation fuel cell power module to Van Hool for incorporation into hybrid bus platforms. This new FCvelocity®-HD7 power module will offer improved durability and reliability along with significant cost reduction. The MOU also provides for the establishment of a dedicated service and parts centre at Van Hool facilities in Belgium, to support all buses powered by Ballard fuel cells in Europe.

John Sheridan, Ballard’s President and CEO said, "We are very pleased to partner with Van Hool in our application for EU funding to support the deployment of additional fuel cell-powered buses. This will help generate economies of scale that we expect to drive further overall cost reduction."

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