Canadian Manufacturing

Ballard introduces FCmove™-HD+ fuel cells for trucks, buses

The product is the latest in Ballard's eight-generation heavy-duty power module portfolio.

September 17, 2021  by CM Staff

Ballard Power Systems FCmoveTM-HD+ for both engine bay and rooftop configurations. Photo Credit: CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Clean energy fuel cell maker Ballard Power Systems has launched the FCmove-HD+, designed for buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks, and the latest product in the company’s eight-generation heavy-duty power module portfolio.

In a Sept. 16 news release, officials with Burnaby, B.C.-based Ballard said the FCmove™-HD+, with a 100kW power output, is smaller, lighter, more efficient, and lower cost than previous generations, and has been designed to improve ease of vehicle integration. “With its compact innovative design, it has been engineered for both engine bay and rooftop configurations, enabling optionality in truck and bus applications,” they said.

The FCmove™-HD+ is said to be more than 40% more compact and over 30% lighter than the previous 100kW module, with 50% less component parts. “This results in an anticipated 40% improvement in total lifecycle cost while maintaining leading operating performance, high efficiency, and wide operating range,” the news release said.

The first vehicles powered by the 100kW, FCmove-HD+ are anticipated in 2022, Ballard officials said, including in the fuel cell trucks recently announced with Hexagon Purus and QUANTRON.

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