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Gillig expands zero-emission line-up with new fuel cell bus powered by Ballard

Gillig's hydrogen fuel cell bus, powered by Ballard

Gillig, a leading U.S. manufacturer of transit buses, recently announced the expansion of its zero-emission vehicle line-up. In a collaboration with Ballard Power Systems and BAE Systems, Gillig will introduce a new hydrogen fuel cell powered bus, scheduled for production in 2026.

The new fuel cell bus will integrate a Ballard fuel cell engine, which delivers a range of more than 500km, enhanced engine recovery and fast refueling. Ballard's technology offers a durable, compact, and easy to integrate solution for vehicle OEMs - which already powers more than 1,700 buses globally.

Gillig’s hydrogen fuel cell bus, which is currently in development, will provide transit agencies with exceptional zero-emission operational range, rapid refueling, and reliable performance in diverse climates and terrains. As agencies evaluate their options for the future, this new offering broadens the horizon for those considering hydrogen as a decarbonized solution.

"With decades of proven performance, Ballard's fuel cells are powering vehicles in some of the most demanding environments around the world. Our collaboration with Gillig and BAE Systems for this hydrogen fuel cell bus combines Gillig's deep understanding of the unique requirements of American transit operators with our globally tested and trusted technology. We are thrilled to contribute to a project that stands at the intersection of innovation and reliability, propelling the vision of a clean transit future into reality.”

David Mucciacciaro Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard

Dave Mucciacciaro

Joining Ballard’s market-leading bus business, which currently includes more than 15 bus manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia, Gillig is the latest manufacturer to offer Ballard’s fuel cell engine, which, with more than 200m kilometers of operational service, is among the most mature fuel cells available.

"Our collaboration with Ballard and BAE Systems embodies our commitment to leading the industry through thoughtful innovation and intentional partnerships. By integrating Ballard’s state-of-the-art fuel cell technology and BAE Systems' versatile electric powertrain with Gillig's trusted Low Floor Platform, we are creating a long-range, zero-emission solution that does not compromise on safety, efficiency, or the quality that transit agencies have come to expect from Gillig.”

Benjamin Grunat Vice President, Product Planning & Strategy, Gillig

Benjamin Grunat

Gillig's comprehensive approach to product development, which respects the distinct needs of each transit agency, highlights the importance of offering a complete suite of propulsion options. From their conventional propulsion buses powered by clean diesel, compressed natural gas, and hybrid-electric technologies, to their zero-emission solutions of battery electric buses and now, hydrogen fuel cell, Gillig's product portfolio ensures that every fleet can find a solution that fits their current and future transit goals.