Ballard’s Fuel Cells Integrated into California Buses

Ballard Power Systems has received an order from Gillig Corporation for delivery of three heavy-duty Ballard fuel cell engines and support services.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – August 30, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The 205 kW fuel cell engines will be integrated into transit buses for delivery in 2004 to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) based in San Jose, California. The fuel cell buses will operate for a two-year period in revenue service under real-world conditions, in response to the California Air Resources Board’s zero-emission transit bus requirements. VTA will evaluate fuel cell technology for the public transit industry, including maintenance and operating performance and costs, fueling safety, employee training, public education and awareness. This is a joint demonstration program with VTA, the San Mateo Transportation District, the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the California Air Resources Board. In support of this program, the fueling station at VTA’s Cerone operating division in San Jose will be enhanced with hydrogen refueling capability. “With this order we now have 11 different transit agencies around the world committed to demonstrating Ballard’s most advanced heavy-duty fuel cell engine technology in the next several years,” said Firoz Rasul, Ballard’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “California has shown great leadership in the development of fuel cell technology and we are delighted that VTA has chosen buses powered by Ballard fuel cell engines.” (NASDAQ:BLDP) (TSX:BLD)
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