BAE & Plug Power collaborate for fuel cell buses
BAE Systems is collaborating with Plug Power to offer hydrogen-based electric propulsion systems for transit bus fleet operators in North America. The two companies will offer transit operators in North America an all-inclusive, scalable system to reach zero emissions, providing required site, vehicle, and service solutions.
The core part of the collaboration will focus on BAE Systems integrating Plug Power’s fuel cell engines into its electric drive systems to power the bus, which, the partners say, will increase efficient, reliable, and emission-free options in transit. Additionally, the companies are rounding out their vehicles sales offer by providing hydrogen and refueling infrastructure to end-customers use points.
“We’re excited to work with BAE Systems, a pioneer in clean energy solutions for sustainable transportation, to bring the benefits of green hydrogen to transit systems in North America,” said Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh. “This strategic partnership will play an instrumental role in advancing our on-road applications strategy and delivering new growth opportunities that help meet our year-end 2025 goals, including annual production of 500 tons of green hydrogen daily.”
BAE Systems is similarly thrilled about gaining access to Plug Power’s fuel cell technologies; “Our collaboration with Plug Power harnesses the strengths of two industry-leading companies with proven track records in zero-emission mobility,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems has extensive experience in providing zero-emission technology, and now with Plug Power’s expertise in fuel cell applications, our strategic partnership can provide transit systems with sustainable transportation solutions.”