FCveloCity®-HD 100-kilowatt fuel cell engines to power 8 ExquiCity tram-buses built by Van Hool NV.
The tram-buses will be delivered in Pau, France to the SMTU-PPP (Syndicat Mixte de Transports urbains – Pau Portes des Pyrénées) and the STAP (Société de Transport de l’Agglomération Paloise) during the second half of 2019.
These will be the first hydrogen bus routes in France and the world’s first hydrogen tram-ExquiCity ExquiCity tram-bus for a full BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system. These clean energy hybrid tram-buses will use fuel cells for primary power and lithium batteries for additional power when needed, with the only emission being water vapour. Each tram-bus is over 18 metres long, has capacity for 125 passengers and can operate more than 300 km between hydrogen refueling, which takes just 10 minutes to complete.
Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer said: “This Letter of Intent from Van Hool to use our Heavy Duty power module in its tram-buses for deployment in Pau, France is a further testament to our strong partnership and Van Hool’s confidence in Ballard’s fuel cell technology and products. We are excited to see continued market expansion of fuel cell-powered mass transit vehicles in Europe, as typified by this tram-bus project. This is a further sign of the growing importance of zero-emission fuel cell solutions globally.”
Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool added: “This is a challenge we are extremely happy to take on in our factory at Koningshookt. We have the necessary experience and confidence to make this project a success, leveraging our long-standing partnership with Ballard and its market-leading fuel cell products.”
The tram-bus deployment in Pau is funded by Europe’s FCH JU programs. ENGIE’s subsidiary GNVERT will construct and operate the hydrogen refueling stations for the buses. Ballard expects to firm up contract and delivery details prior to the end of 2017.