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Ballard Receives Follow-on Orders for 15 Fuel Cell Modules from Wrightbus

Vancouver, Canada - Ballard Power Systems announced that it has received follow-on purchase orders for 15 of its 85-kilowatt heavy-duty FCveloCity®-HD fuel cell modules from Wrightbus, a leading bus OEM and Ballard partner headquartered in Northern Ireland.

he fuel cell modules are to power Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs), planned for deployment in the U.K. Wrightbus was recently re-capitalized by Bamford Bus Company, after having gone into administration last year.

Including the 15 modules announced today, Ballard currently has orders in-hand from Wrightbus for a total of 50 modules to power FCEBs in the U.K., 35 of which were previously announced in 2019. Of those 35 modules, 20 are to power buses planned for deployment in London and 15 are for buses planned for deployment in Aberdeen. Ballard expects to ship all 50 modules in 2020.

Earlier this year the U.K. Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced a 5-year, £5 billion (US$6.4 billion) plan to enhance bus and bicycle infrastructure in the country, together with deployment of at least 4,000 zero-emission buses, with further details expected in a National Bus Strategy to be published later in 2020. The case for using sustainably produced hydrogen in transportation to further the U.K.’s climate and air quality objectives is presented in a June 2020 report from The Centre for Policy Studies, titled “Driving Change: How hydrogen can fuel a transport revolution”, available for download here.

Source: IWR Online, 18 Jun 2020