Ballard Secures Fuel Cell Bus Engines Contract

December 17, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Vancouver, BC, Canada) announced that it will provide three of its latest-generation, heavy-duty fuel cell engines to EvoBus for integration into Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses for the public transport system in Perth, Western Australia. Ballard will deliver the 205kW, heavy-duty fuel cell engines in the first half of 2004, and the buses will be placed in routine transit operation in the second half of 2004 as part of a two-year demonstration program.

The Western Australian Government is leading the project and is providing the majority of the program funding. The buses will operate as part of the Transperth public transport system by Path Transit. The purpose of the demonstration program is to determine the critical technical, environmental, economic and social factors that need consideration in the introduction of hydrogen-fueled fuel cell buses. The Perth program is also structured to examine what government and private sector systems are needed to support a hydrogen-based energy system.