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Ballard FC Powered Buses Delivered to SunLine Transit Agency in Palm Springs, CA
Date:2014-06-16

Source From: Ballard Power System


VANCOUVER– Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) congratulates SunLine Transit Agency of Thousand Palms, CA as well as BAE Systems and ElDorado National on the unveiling and delivery of two new fuel cell buses.These new buses evolve the previously deployed American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) configuration, which was first introduced with SunLine Transit Agency in 2011.


A June 2013 report prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Battelle Memorial Institute and published by the Federal Transit Administration compared performance of the initial American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) deployed with SunLine Transit Agency to a number of CNG buses. Findings included -


The AFCB achieved an exceptional availability of 85%. Furthermore, downtime was most often caused by general bus system issues of a “low tech” nature, unrelated to advanced technologies.


The AFCB averaged 6.54 miles per kilogram of hydrogen during operation. This equates to 7.39 miles per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE), which is 2.4 times greater fuel economy than that of the baseline CNG buses.


Maintenance cost per mile for the AFCB was 26% lower than for CNG buses. Furthermore, maintenance cost per mile for the propulsion system alone was 50% lower than for the baseline CNG buses.


Ballard’s 150 kilowatt power module features a control unit which interfaces with a system controller, making it a “plug-and-play” product for any fuel cell or hybrid fuel cell bus platform. The module also offers significant advances in durability, power density and fuel efficiency compared to earlier generation products.

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