Solaris Bus & Coach, based in Poland, is one of the leading players in
the European bus industry. The Company manufactures intracity,
intercity and special-purpose buses as well as low-floor trams. Since
starting production in 1996, over 10,000 Solaris vehicles have been
deployed in 28 countries, including Poland, Germany, Norway, France,
Sweden, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.
Dariusz Michalak, Solaris Deputy CEO and CTO said, "We are very pleased
to be working with Ballard on these buses for the European market.
Ballard's fuel cell range extenders are compact, deliver the highest
performance and offer great lifetime."
Ballard's fuel cell power modules will be utilized as range extenders,
in combination with batteries, in Solaris electric bus platforms. The
FCvelocity®-HD7 modules offer improved durability, reliability together with
significant cost reduction in comparison to the previous generation
Günter Elste, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG states: "It is Hamburg's
challenging goal as of 2020 not to buy any conventional diesel buses
anymore. During the CUTE and HyFLEET/CUTE programs there was already a
successful collaboration with Ballard, which we will now continue."
John Sheridan, Ballard's President and CEO added, "This contract is
further evidence of growing interest in the deployment of zero emission
fuel cell buses in Europe."
Ballard's current generation fuel cell power module has been delivering
a high level of performance in European buses. In 2013, for example,
Ballard fuel cell modules delivered greater than 97% availability in
buses currently operating in the cities of London and Amsterdam.
Solaris is a leading European manufacturer of innovative buses and urban
rail vehicles. The family business, founded by Krzysztof and Solange
Olszewski, has supplied over 10,000 buses to customers in 28 countries
since production started in 1996. Solaris specializes in
state-of-the-art city and intercity buses and offers the world's
largest range of diesel-electric hybrid buses. Trolley buses and
electric buses provide public transport that is emission-free at the
point of operation. The Solaris Tamino low-floor tram is built for
attractive urban rail services. Read more at www.solarisbus.com.
About Ballard Power Systems
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applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and
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