GILLIG Expands Zero-Emission Lineup With Introduction Of BAE Systems & Ballard-Powered Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus

The GILLIG hydrogen fuel cell bus is scheduled to begin production in 2026. (Image courtesy of GILLIG)

GILLIG, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States, has announced the expansion of its zero-emission product lineup.

“The company will be expanding its diverse transit bus portfolio with a hydrogen fuel cell powered bus, to be developed in collaboration with BAE Systems and Ballard Power Systems,” according to a press release. “This innovative venture underlines GILLIG’s ongoing commitment to innovation, sustainability, and delivering adaptable, high-quality transit solutions tailored to the diverse needs of fleets nationwide.”

“Understanding the unique operational challenges faced by each transit agency — from varying duty cycles and geographic terrains to diverse climates and depot locations — is fundamental to our vision of improving quality of life through transformative mass transit solutions,” Benjamin Grunat, GILLIG’s Vice President of Product Planning and Strategy, said. “Introducing the hydrogen fuel cell bus into our product lineup signifies GILLIG’s commitment to advancing sustainable public transportation technologies. It’s about offering a solution that’s not only flexible enough to fit every fleet but also matured through our thoughtful approach to product development, ensuring reliability and readiness for the demands of today’s transit environment.”

“The GILLIG hydrogen fuel cell bus, which is currently in development, will provide transit agencies with exceptional, zero-emission operational range, rapid refueling capabilities, and reliable performance. As agencies evaluate their options for the future, this new offering broadens the horizon for those considering hydrogen as a zero-emission solution,” the release added.

“Our collaboration with Ballard Power Systems and BAE Systems embodies our commitment to leading the industry through thoughtful innovation and intentional partnerships,” Grunat said. “By integrating Ballard’s state-of-the-art fuel cell technology and BAE Systems’ versatile electric powertrain with GILLIG’s trusted Low Floor Platform, we are creating a long-range, zero-emission solution that does not compromise on safety, efficiency, or quality that transit agencies have come to expect from GILLIG.”

“Scheduled to begin production in 2026, the GILLIG hydrogen fuel cell bus underscores the company’s unwavering dedication to designing, building, and supporting the nation’s safest and most reliable transit buses,” the release said. “These buses play a crucial role in reducing congestion and fostering cleaner air, ultimately advancing the promise of mobility for all.”


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