Vancouver, British Columbia – Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver has received an order for five power modules that will be installed and integrated into hybrid electric drive systems in 18-metre articulated Phileas buses for use in Europe.

The 150-kilowatt FCvelocity power modules will be sold to Advanced Public Transportation Systems, a specialty bus manufacturer in The Netherlands.

Phileas is a new concept for passenger transport on high-frequency dedicated bus lanes. When running on a free bus lane and equipped with magnetic markers for electronic lane assistance and precision docking, the buses can offer the advantages of rapid rail transport.

Ballard’s module is a “plug-and-play” fuel cell-based product that enables system integrators to build clean energy buses more easily and at lower cost. The modules will be shipped by the second quarter of 2010, with the first buses producing this year. The buses will operate in Cologne, Germany, and in Amsterdam.

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