Ballard Signs Further Follow-On Technology Solutions Agreement With Global Auto OEM

Ballard Power Systems announced that it has signed a follow-on Technology Solutions contract with an unnamed leading global automotive OEM, further to the contract extension signed and announced on July 20, 2016.

For Immediate Release


VANCOUVER, CANADA - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that it has signed a follow-on Technology Solutions contract with an unnamed leading global automotive OEM, further to the contract extension signed and announced on July 20, 2016. Under the new contract extension, Ballard will continue to provide expertise in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology to advance the customer's membrane electrode assembly (MEA) development program related to future versions of its engine for fuel cell vehicles.

"We continue to see increased levels of fuel cell activity from major OEMs throughout the global automotive industry," said Randy MacEwen, Ballard's President and Chief Executive Officer. "At Ballard, we are uniquely positioned to offer these companies bundled Technology Solutions with access to our leading intellectual capital and intellectual property focused on PEM fuel cell technology. These opportunities provide high value to our customers and long-term embedded optionality for Ballard shareholders."

Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard's Vice President, Technology and Product Development added, "This latest follow-on contract reflects our customer's satisfaction with the measured progress we have made during the 2014-16 period to provide compelling solutions for challenging technical issues. This next phase of our collaboration with this partner sets a clear roadmap for Ballard technology being integrated into future generations of their fuel cell vehicle platforms."

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

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Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

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