Ballard Power Systems has signed a new long-term supply agreement with NFI Group Inc., an independent bus and coach manufacturer and a provider of electric mass mobility solutions in North America and Europe.
The agreement marks a new phase in the established partnership between Ballard and NFI, focused on deployment-level volumes of fuel cell-powered buses across all of NFI’s major brands, including New Flyer, Alexander Dennis and MCI.
As part of the agreement, NFI has placed its first purchase order under the agreement for a minimum of 100 FCmove-HD+ modules for planned delivery in 2024. The modules will primarily be produced in Ballard’s Bend, Ore., facility with Buy America compliance and will power New Flyer’s next generation Xcelsior CHARGE FC hydrogen fuel cell buses for deployment across the U.S. and Canada, including California, Manitoba, Nevada, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“This agreement is the next step in our multi-decade partnership with Ballard and a key component in advancing our leading fuel cell bus offerings,” says David White, executive vice president, supply management, NFI. “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. With growing demand for fuel cell buses, we are excited to continue this partnership as we drive the transition to zero-emission transportation.”