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Ballard fuel cells power 500 trucks in China

Some of the 500 licensed and plated Dongfeng Special Vehicle box van trucks, powered by Ballard fuel cell stacks (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.)

Ballard Power Systems to deploy 500 fuel cell electric commercial trucks in Shanghai

Ballard Power Systems has announced a deployment of 500 licensed fuel cell electric commercial trucks  in China. Each of the 500 Dongfeng Special Vehicle FCEVs trucks is licensed, plated and powered by a 30kW fuel cell engine that was designed and integrated by Shanghai Reinventing Fire Technology Company (Re-Fire), and feature Ballard FCvelocity®-9SSL proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks.

Each 6.4m long box van truck can carry a load of 3.2 tons and has an expected range of over 330 km (205 miles). The trucks will be operated by Shanghai Sinotran New Energy Automobile Operation, a newly established FCEV operator, and are expected to be used primarily for intra-city goods deliveries.

“Re-Fire has developed a leading position as a system integrator in the fast-moving Chinese fuel cell transportation market,” said Ballard president and CEO Randy MacEwen. “We are pleased to be collaborating with Re-Fire as we drive market adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles – or FCEVs – incorporating Ballard fuel cell technology. We believe this is the largest planned deployment of fuel cell-powered trucks anywhere in the world. It is not surprising that this is happening in Shanghai given that city’s leadership in the commercial adoption of FCEVs.”

Re-Fire CEO Robin Lin noted: “Fuel cell electric commercial trucks represent a large and attractive market opportunity in China, particularly where user requirements favor long range, heavy payloads and fast refueling. Ballard is the premier global PEM fuel cell technology company, so using Ballard-designed fuel cell stacks in our engines was an easy decision.”

Mr. Lin concluded, “With the integration work completed in late-2017, and all 500 commercial trucks having received green license plates for new energy vehicles in Shanghai, we are now preparing for vehicle launch. We expect to deploy all 500 trucks in 2018, subject to parallel activities, including appropriate scaling of fueling infrastructure and our service platform.”

In 2017, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information and the Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission launched the “Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan”, a ground-breaking Plan calling for the annual production of 3,000 FCEVs by 2020.

Two recently-constructed hydrogen refueling stations are currently operating in Shanghai, with two additional stations planned for completion in the first half of 2018. As per the “Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan”, a total of 5-to-10 hydrogen fueling stations are planned by 2020.

Source: BPS


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