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SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.
VANCOUVER, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - 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, each powered by a
Ballard FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module. This new deployment underscores SunLine Transit Agency's longstanding
tradition as a leader in the deployment of clean transportation
technologies in the United States.
These new buses evolve the previously deployed American Fuel Cell Bus
(AFCB) configuration, which was first introduced with SunLine Transit
Agency in 2011. The AFCB configuration utilizes Ballard's FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module to provide primary power, in combination with BAE
Systems' HybriDrive® propulsion and power management systems deployed
in an ElDorado National 40-foot (12-meter) Axess model, heavy duty
"SunLine Transit is a leader in the use of zero-emission transit
technology, and we're pleased to grow our relationship with this
unique, innovative transit agency," said Steve Karaffa, Ballard Power
Systems Chief Commercial Officer.
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.
"The reliability and performance of this bus in revenue service shows
the maturity of the fuel cell hybrid technology," said Tommy Edwards,
Deputy Chief Performance Officer for SunLine Transit Agency. "We're
excited to build on the success of the first AFCB bus with these next
generation fuel cell buses."
These two additional buses will bring the total number of Ballard
powered fuel cell buses at SunLine Transit Agency to four. In 2013
Ballard signed extended service agreements with SunLine Transit Agency
that will support bus operation for up to ten years, demonstrating
SunLine's continued commitment to the operation of these buses.
Lauren Skiver, General Manager at SunLine Transit Agency stated "SunLine
demonstrated its commitment to the environment over 20 years ago by
parking the diesel fleet and converting entirely to CNG. The Agency's
innovative Board and talented team have continued that commitment and
leadership with the acquisition of two eighth-generation, hydrogen fuel
cell buses. We remain focused on providing Today's Transit for
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.
About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy
fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of
applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and
versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning business
opportunities and product performance. These forward-looking
statements reflect Ballard's current expectations as contemplated under
section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such
forward-looking statements are based on Ballard's assumptions relating
to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product
development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause
Ballard's actual results to be materially different, including general
economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties,
successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining
profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk
factors that could affect Ballard's future performance, please refer to
Ballard's most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place
undue reliance on Ballard's forward-looking statements and Ballard
assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these
forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable
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