fuel-cell cars -FYI



BALLARD RECEIVES $1 MILLION IN ORDERS FROM DAIMLER-BENZ FOR FUEL CELLS 



    VANCOUVER, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems announced today that it
had received $1,040,000 in orders (US$766,530) from Daimler-Benz AG to
supply
fuel cells jointly developed under the collaboration between the two
companies. These fuel cells will be used by Daimler-Benz for the further
development and testing of fuel cell powered electric vehicles. This order
is
in addition to the existing joint development program between Daimler-Benz
and
Ballard which began in 1993 and which has resulted in the development of
fuel
cells with a power density suitable for use in practical fuel cell powered
automobiles.
    ``We are pleased to be supplying Daimler-Benz with additional fuel
cells
to meet their development needs,'' said Firoz Rasul, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Ballard.  ``Daimler-Benz continues to demonstrate its
leading position in the development of fuel cell powered automobiles.''
    Ballard Power Systems is the world leader in the development of proton
exchange membrane fuel cells. At the heart of its products is the Ballard
Fuel
Cell, a proprietary zero-emission engine that converts natural gas,
methanol,
or hydrogen fuel into electricity without combustion. Ballard Fuel Cells
are
currently being used by leading international companies to develop
zero-emission vehicles and clean stationary electric power plants.

    Ballard's Common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange under
the trading symbol ``BLD'' and on the Nasdaq National Market System under
the
symbol ``BLDPF''.




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For further information: Paul Lancaster, Ballard Power Systems Inc., 9000
Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5J 5J9, Tel 604.454.0900, Fax
604.412.4700, or Michael A. Lundy, Lundy Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 300,
256 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ, 07932, Tel 201.660.1100 Fax
201.660.1104 





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