Plug Power In Bus Deal As Hydrogen Fuel Cells Expand In Transportation

Plug Power (PLUG) is teaming up with BAE Systems (BAESY) to propel and build infrastructure for hydrogen buses in North America. PLUG stock edged down.


The two companies announced a plan Thursday to integrate Plug Power’s ProGen fuel cell engines into BAE Systems’ electric buses.

They will also work on developing hydrogen and refueling infrastructure to end-customers use points.

“Advanced hydrogen fuel cell applications will play a critical role in achieving zero-emissions transportation goals,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems, in the release.

Plug Power is also teaming up with French automaker Groupe Renault to form a joint venture to develop electric fuel cell commercial vehicles in Europe.

Meanwhile, fuel cells are finding their way into more modes of transportation.

Last week, Ballard Power (BLDP) announced it plans to provide fuel cell modules to Sierra Northern Railway.

And Nikola (NKLA) is developing big-rig trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries.

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Shares eased 1.1% to 28.54 on the stock market today. After soaring last year and early this year, PLUG stock has tumbled 60% from a late-January peak. Among other fuel cell stocks, FuelCell Energy (FCEL) fell 4.3% and Ballard Power was down 3%.

Automakers are moving into the hydrogen fuel cell space following the enactment of the Paris Climate Agreement. But the expansion of hydrogen fueling stations is needed to help broaden the use of fuel-cell-powered vehicles.

Toyota (TM) announced a memorandum of understanding with Chevron (CVX) earlier this month to help build out hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure.

Last week, Nikola and TravelCenters of America (TA) said they plan to install hydrogen refueling stations for heavy-duty trucks at two sites in California.

Meanwhile oil giants BP (BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) are also boosting investments in exploring fuel cell technology in Europe. And Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is exploring hydrogen production with China.

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