Issue: May 2009


Hydrogenics Continues to Advance Fuel Cell Bus Programs in North America



by Rob White

Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, today announced that it has sold another HyPM HD fuel cell power module as part of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP). Serving a project under the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium, Hydrogenics was selected by being able to offer a flexible and cost competitive module with a proven track record.

"We are very pleased to announce this additional order within the FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program," said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO. "This is our third project under the auspices of the NFCBP, and we are now tied with the most projects awarded among the various fuel cell providers. Moreover, we are the only company with awards that serve all three regions - the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium, serving the Northeast United States, the Center for Transportation and the Environment, serving the Southeast, and Weststart-Calstart, serving the West Coast. Approximately 4,500 full-size transit buses are sold annually in the United States, and Hydrogenics is dedicated to becoming a leading provider of zero emission, domestically fueled power solutions for this important target market."

Earlier this month, Hydrogenics showcased its fuel cells at the NHA Conference & Hydrogen Expo in Columbia, South Carolina as part of the Proterra EcoRide zero emissions transit bus. The Proterra bus, which will serve the Southeast region of the NFCBP, utilizes two Hydrogenics fuel cell modules, as previously announced. At the NHA show, hundreds of participants viewed the Proterra bus - the first and only bus so far that has been built under the auspices of the NFCBP. Photos of this innovative vehicle can be viewed at the Hydrogenics website under "Projects."

"The NHA Conference was truly a success in showcasing our buses and our partnership with Hydrogenics," said Dale Hill, Chairman, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Proterra. "We received a great deal of media attention, and the fuel cells have been running perfectly since being put into service earlier this year. In addition, testing at Altoona validated fuel economy in excess of 10 miles per gallon - double the efficiency of typical diesel buses. We will continue exhibiting across the Southeast and look forward to having more buses commissioned, with Hydrogenics fuel cells, later this year."

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