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Ballard, DaimlerChrysler Deliver FC Buses for EU Project.

Ballard Power Systems, Inc. recently announced it has joined with DaimlerChrysler AG to deliver a fuel cell (FC)-powered Mercedes-Benz Citaro transit bus to public transportation authorities in Madrid, Spain, as part of the European Commission's Clean Urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) project.

The company said the Citaro bus is the first of 30 that will be fitted with a 250-kilowatt Ballard FC engine and delivered to such cities as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Reykjavik, Stockholm and Stuttgart for testing under the program.

"Thousands of people across Europe will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the clean, quiet and comfortable ride of these zero-emission buses," said Ballard president and CEO Dennis Campbell.

Ballard said each FC bus involved in the CUTE project will be driven by "regular transit bus drivers, carrying passengers in daily service in each city for a two-year field trial program."

"In addition to demonstrating the considerable advantages of [FC] power for urban transit, the [CUTE] project provides a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity of solutions available for the production and delivery of hydrogen fuel," said Campbell. "To fuel the 30 buses, 10 hydrogen refueling stations will be established, each producing hydrogen using a unique process."

Contact: Debby Harris, Ballard, phone 604-726-2254.

(BUSINESS WIRE: 5/5)

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