Ballard Power Systems has announced that the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram was successfully demonstrated.

The test event was held in March at the head office of the production and testing facility of CSR Qingdao Sifang Company (CSR Sifang), a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer based in Qingdao, Shandong province.

“This is an exciting demonstration of our world leading fuel cell power modules in a new application,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO. “Clean urban transportation is a high priority in China and this zero-emission prototype fuel cell tram is an important step in demonstrating one solution.”

The event was attended by senior officials of the City of Foshan, a tram customer of CSR Sifang, and invited guests took a ride on the prototype fuel cell powered tram. Ballard’s FCvelocity® fuel cell module is integrated into the low floor tram design.

MacEwen added, “We are proud to partner with CSR Sifang, which has a rich history of innovation in Chinese rail transit. In just a few short months since signing a MoU and receiving CSR Sifang’s initial purchase order, we were able to enjoy a clean, quiet and smooth tram experience at this ground-breaking event.”