Hyperloop, Future of the Fjords, Ballard, Scania.
Paris – Amsterdam in 30 min? Europe shall see the first Hyperloop by 2021 if plans by Hardt Global Mobility come to pass. The Dutch start-up had won the Hyperloop competition and has since completed a first test track with backing from the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen, and construction company BAM. The real thing shall start within the next 4 years and could reduce travel time between the Dutch and French capital to 30 minutes.
Norwegian dreams: The ‘Future of the Fjords’ is an all-electric ferry destined to move in and out the cliffs from April next year. Two 300 kW motors powers the catamaran currently under construction. Upon completion it will be able to carry 400 passengers at 16 knots.
Ballard convinces China: A new bulk order from Chinese Broad-Ocean has been received in Canada. The contract is worth 18m dollars for Ballard and includes fuel cell systems to electrify buses and trucks. The first part of the order had already been received last February, when the partners agreed on 200 FCVeloCity system. Now, another 400 will follow.
More hydrogen truck news reach us from Scania who scored a (much smaller) contract with Asko from Norway. The grocer now officially ordered four trucks with HyPM-HD90 system, which will be tested on routes over 500 km (we reported).