Ballard Joins Consortium to Deploy 20 FCEV Buses in California

Source: NGT News

Canada-based fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems has announced its membership in the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium (FCEBCC), a large-scale project for which funding has now been committed to support the deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two California transit agencies.

According to Ballard, 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 through the California Climate Investments program; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Center for Transportation and Environment, a nonprofit member-based organization, is providing project management and oversight.

Ballard says it will be providing 20 of its FCveloCity-HD 85 kW fuel cell engines to New Flyer of America Inc. 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 the OCTA by the end of 2018.

The buses are to be supported by advanced hydrogen fueling infrastructure provided by The Linde Group.


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