Ballard Power Systems announced the signing of a Long Term Supply Agreement with bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach, for the supply of 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell engines through 2027 for the European transit bus market. Over 1,700 fuel cell buses powered by Ballard are in operation worldwide as of today. What is interesting, 44.5% of all hydrogen buses registered in Europe in 2023 are Solaris vehicles.

Solaris – Ballard: 1,000 fuel cell modules ordered

The agreement “consolidates existing orders for approximately 300 fuel cell engines, while adding after-market and extended warranty services to such existing orders, with a new supply commitment for an incremental approximately 700 fuel cell engines and related after-market extended warranty services”, Ballard states. 

This consolidated order represents the largest order of fuel cell engines in Ballard’s history and marks a significant step forward in the relationship with Solaris.

The 1,000 units will be made up of approximately 80% FCmove-HD 70 kW and 20% FCmove-HD+ 100 kW engines to address both the 12-metre and 18-metre bus markets, with delivery starting in 2024 and running through the end of 2027.

These engines are expected to be deployed in buses across Europe where Solaris buses powered by Ballard fuel cell engines currently operate in over 22 European cities.

Solaris is leading the European fuel cell buses so far

“This landmark agreement embarks on the next phase of Ballard and Solaris’ partnership to accelerate fuel cell bus adoption in Europe, leveraging Ballard’s proven product performance, as the energy transition gains momentum,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and Chief Executive Officer. “This agreement is a testament to our collaborative efforts with Solaris spanning over a decade in bringing safe, competitive, durable, zero emission solutions to transit operators across Europe. We are on the road to achieving scaled deployment of fuel cell buses, which is a critical lever to facilitate economies of scale and cost down initiatives, driving improved economics and reduced emissions for fleet operators.”

“We are excited to continue our work with Ballard and further our progress in the rapidly growing European hydrogen fuel cell bus market as fuel cell vehicles become an increasingly significant share of our production mix. Solaris has become a leader in deploying hydrogen technology in public transport and an experienced partner for European operators. To date, we have delivered nearly 200 hydrogen-powered buses and another over 500 units are in our orderbook for next two years,” said Javier Iriarte, Solaris Chief Executive Officer.

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