Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order from Wrightbus, a Northern Ireland-based bus manufacturer, to power double decker buses in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The purchase order will see Ballard supply 15 FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell modules under the Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (JIVE) funding programme.
“We are very pleased to provide additional fuel cell power modules to Wrightbus for the Aberdeen deployment, in addition to those recently ordered to buses to be deployed in London,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer.
“To this point Ballard has announced a total of 80 fuel cell modules ordered to power buses under the JIVE programme, to operate in two German cities, in Pau, France, in London and now Aberdeen, Scotland.”
The 15 double decker buses, which can be refuelled with hydrogen in less than ten minutes, can carry up to 64 passenger and are 10.9 meters (36 feet) long.
“We are delighted to be the first bus company to operate these unique new Wrightbus hydrogen-powered double-decker buses for the city of Aberdeen,” said David Philip, Operations Director for First Aberdeen.
“It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Aberdeen City Council on this innovative project and we applaud the council in its continued support of the hydrogen bus technology. We look forward to operating these new vehicles.”
For several years, earlier generation Ballard fuel cell modules have been powering a fleet of ten fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) for Aberdeen City Council.
The project is funded by Aberdeen City Council, the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under the JIVE programme, and the Government of Scotland.
All the Ballard modules in the order are expected to be shipped by the end of 2019. The buses are expected to be deployed with First Aberdeen transit agency by the end of 2020.