DETROIT, Mich. — The race to produce a commercially viable, fuel cell equipped vehicle has tightened up with the announcement of a $34.5-million deal between Ford and Ballard Power Systems.
“We intend to launch our first commercial fuel cell vehicle in 2004 and this agreement with Ballard will enable us to achieve that goal,” says John Wallace, executive director of Think brand for Ford.
Under the three-year deal, Ballard, based in Burnaby, B.C., will supply Ford with Mark 900 Series fuel cell power modules as well as engineering and support services.
Firoz Rasul, Ballard chairperson and chief executive officer, says it was the largest order for Ballard fuel cells to date.
“Ford is not only our strategic partner but also a customer that is assisting Ballard in preparing for the commercial launch of fuel cell vehicles,” adds Rasul.
Ballard is a world leader in developing zero-emission “proton exchange membrane fuel cells” for use in transportation, electricity generation and portable power products.
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