Ballard Power Systems has arranged for several of its employees to purchase British Columbia’s (BC) first fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) from Toyota Canada Inc.
Canadian companies like Ballard have been playing leading roles in the development of a global hydrogen society which has recently gained momentum in BC.
“Electrification of transportation is a global megatrend that is needed to help mitigate the impact of climate change and improve air quality,” said Randy MacEwen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems.
“Zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, are a key part of the electric vehicle solution that will positively change the lives of the next generation.”
“For 40 years, Ballard has been relentlessly developing and improving fuel cell technology so we’re extremely proud that dedicated Ballard employees have agreed to purchase BC’s first fleet of fuel cell electric cars.”
Canada’s first publicly accessible retail hydrogen station opened in Vancouver last summer, with another station poised to open in Burnaby shortly.
Earlier this year, Natural Resources Canada and the BC government announced a combined $3m contribution to build two new retail hydrogen fuelling stations in the province’s Lower Mainland. It is expected that Greater Vancouver and Victoria will have a network of six stations by 2020.
Toyota is the first automaker to bring hydrogen FCEVs to Canada en masse. The company has been working with other hydrogen stakeholders across Canada to put in place the necessary fuelling infrastructure, training and service to support the sale of FCEVs.
“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate partner for BC’s first fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles than the team at Ballard Power Systems,” said Stephan Beatty, Vice-President, Corporate at Toyota Canada Inc.
“Ballard is a true global fuel cell pioneer and one of Canada’s most innovative and impactful companies, so we’re proud to add Ballard employees as Toyota customers.”