FRANCE: Ballard Power Systems has signed a letter of intent with Van Hool to provide hydrogen fuel cells for eight buses that Van Hool is supplying to operate a BRT route in Pau.

Due to be delivered in the second half of 2019, the 18 m buses with capacity for 125 passengers will use fuel cells with back up from lithium batteries. Ballard will supply its FCveloCity-HD 100 kW fuel cell engines. These will allow the buses to run for up to 300 km between refuelling, which takes 10 min.

ENGIE subsidiary GNVERT is to build and operate the hydrogen refuelling stations. The project is being funded through the EU’s Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking programme.