Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order from Northern Ireland-based bus manufacturer, Wrightbus.
Through the order, Ballard will provide Wrightbus with 20 FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell modules to power London buses under the Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (JIVE) funding programme.
Transport for London (TfL) announced last week that it will be investing £12m ($15.7m) in 20 buses manufactured by Wrightbus.
The initial 20 double-decker buses – part of the 55 buses ultimately planned for the UK cluster under JIVE I – will be deployed on three routes with TfL.
“We are very pleased to provide fuel cell power modules to Wrightbus, as an important sign of continued progress in the deployment of zero-emission buses under Europe’s JIVE programme,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer.
“Together with our 2018 announcements regarding Ballard modules for 40 buses in the German cluster as well as five for buses in Pau, France – all under the JIVE programme – these new buses for London represent a tremendous vote of confidence in Ballard fuel cell technology and products.”
Earlier generation Ballard fuel cell modules have been powering a fleet of ten fuel cell electric buses for TfL in London over the past eight years.
2018 also saw Ballard announce orders under JIVE for a total of 45 fuel cell modules to power buses in two German cities as well as in Pau, France.
All the Ballard modules in the order are expected to be shipped by the end of the year and all related buses and expected to be deployed with TfL by the end of 2020.