Ballard Power Systems’ electric bus, powered by the companies FCveloCity ®-HD6 fuel cells, has achieved a new durability record with more than 25,000 hours of revenue service.
This record is equivalent to operating a bus on a 14-hour daily schedule, five-days per week for 6.0 years with no significant maintenance to the fuel cell stack, a core engine component.
The bus – and several others nearing the 25,000-hour operating threshold – are part of a Transport for London fleet of eight fuel cell buses, all powered by Ballard FCveloCity engines. These buses, originally funded under the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) fuel cell bus programme, have been carrying paying passengers on London’s Tower Gateway route since 2010.
Rob Campbell, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer, stated, “The achievement of 25,000 hours of revenue service is an important industry and corporate milestone.”
He continued, “Zero-emission fuel cell propulsion systems for heavy duty vehicles such as transit buses have proven highly reliable in demanding applications. We are now moving into commercial scaling as market demand for fuel cell electric buses reaches an inflection point in key global markets. Ballard’s cumulative learning through our unparalleled field experience is a major competitive differentiator.”
Ballard is seeing increased market demand for FCveloCity fuel cell engines of various sizes for use in a number of different vehicle types, including buses, trucks and rail. Fuel cell electric buses manufactured and integrated by Ballard’s partners and equipped with Ballard FCveloCity engines typically offer a host of important attributes, including a 250-mile range between refuelling’s; rapid refuelling of seven minutes; improved fuel economy and reduced noise.