Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order from Van Hool for 20 FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell modules to power buses in Groningen, the Netherlands, under the JIVE2 funding programme.
The fuel cell modules from Ballard will power 20 Van Hool A330 model fuel cell electric buses that are planned for deployment with Qbuzz, the transit agency for the city of Groningen, by the end of next year.
“We are delighted to provide fuel cell power modules to Van Hool, a long-standing Ballard partner in Europe, as an important sign of continued progress in the deployment of zero emission buses under the JIVE2 programme,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“These new fuel cell electric buses for Groningen represent another vote of confidence in Ballard’s fuel cell technology and products. This is a follow-on order for modules, after the deployment of two Ballard-powered Van Hool buses with Qbuzz in 2017.”
Shell has been contracted to build a hydrogen refuelling station at the Peizerweg bus depot in Groningen to support the fleet of fuel cell electric buses, with each bus having a range of 350-400 kilometres between refuelling.
“Hydrogen is no longer an experimental fuel but has become a serious zero emission drivetrain used in everyday public transportation,” said Fleur Gräper-van Kookwijk, Regional Minister for the Province of Groningen and Chairwoman of the Public Transport Authority OV-bureau.
“We are proud to implement hydrogen at this scale in the north of the Netherlands and to be a frontrunner in the Netherlands and Europe.”