NFI Purchasing 100+ Hydrogen Fuel Cells from Ballard for Bus Production in New Partnership

Jan. 5, 2024
The modules will primarily be produced at Ballard’s Bend, Oregon facility and will power New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE FC hydrogen fuel cell buses

Ballard Power Systems has signed a new Long-Term Supply Agreement with NFI Group, a bus and coach manufacturer, to form a partnership focused on the deployment-level volumes of fuel cell-powered buses across NFI’s major brands. This includes New Flyer, Alexander Dennis, and MCI.

“We believe New Flyer is well positioned to deliver deployment scale volumes of fuel cell buses, particularly in the US market, where operators increasingly prefer hydrogen fuel cell powered buses for their range, short refueling times, high availability, and cost-effective infrastructure requirement,” said David Mucciacciaro, Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard.

As part of the agreement, NFI has placed its first purchase order for a minimum of 100 FCmove-HD+ modules scheduled for delivery in 2024. The modules will primarily be produced at Ballard’s Bend, Oregon facility and will power New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE FC hydrogen fuel cell buses.

Once completed, the hydrogen fuel cell buses will be deployed across the United States and Canada, specifically in California, Manitoba, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

“By working with Ballard across numerous bus products in multiple jurisdictions, we have been able to leverage best practices and generate design, engineering, and sourcing synergies,” said David White, Executive Vice President of Supply Management at NFI. “With growing demand for fuel cell buses, we are excited to continue this partnership as we drive the transition to zero-emission transportation.”

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