Sustainability

New Flyer debuts first 60-foot hydrogen fuel-cell bus

Posted on April 20, 2016

New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., conducted the inaugural road demonstration of the Xcelsior® XHE60 heavy-duty articulated fuel-cell transit bus. Representatives from two major transit authorities - Alameda County Transit (AC Transit) of Oakland, Calif., and Metro Transit of Minneapolis, participated in the vehicle’s debut and demonstration.

Based on its Buy America-compliant and proven Xcelsior® X60 heavy-duty transit bus platform, New Flyer partnered with Ballard Power Systems Inc. and Siemens to develop the propulsion system. The bus will be operated in revenue service by AC Transit for 22 months following the completion of a comprehensive evaluation at the FTA’s Altoona test facility. New Flyer intends to offer these green hydrogen fuel-cell-electric 60-foot buses to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, following this process.

The propulsion system includes a combination of batteries, a fuel cell and hydrogen storage that allows the fuel cell to operate at a relative steady-state, while the batteries capture both braking energy and provide power for bus acceleration. Ballard Power Systems is supplying its nextgeneration fuel-cell power plant that is smaller, lighter and less expensive than existing models. The bus is targeted to have a range greater than 250 miles without refueling or recharging.

New Flyer is the sub-recipient of a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant administered by CALSTART, a non-profit organization that is focuses on clean air technology commercialization with business, fleets, and government.

The FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program is a cooperative initiative between government and industry to advance the commercialization of fuel cell technology in U.S. transit buses. The goals of the program include facilitating the development of commercially-viable fuel-cell bus technologies, improving transit bus efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and reducing transit bus emissions.

 

“The New Flyer XHE60 fuel cell bus is truly a first of kind in the zero-emissions class of vehicles”, noted Paul Smith, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With potential loading of over 120 passengers, this zero emissions 60-foot articulated fuel cell bus offers tremendous greenhouse gas (GHG) and emissions reductions, with the operational capabilities of no other transit vehicle in the world. We are proud of what our engineers and partner suppliers have accomplished, and thank the FTA for their active sponsorship of this next generation program”.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

LA Metro purchases electric vehicles for non-revenue fleet

The Bolt is a zero-emission electric vehicle with an estimated range of 238 miles per charge.

Calif. legislature passes California Clean Air Initiative

Specifically, the legislation allocates $250 million toward the Carl Moyer program, $140 million toward incentivizing cleaner emissions vehicles at the ports, and another $180 million towards the Clean Bus and Truck program, which underwrites Low-NOx natural gas engines.

FTA awards $55M in Low-No bus grants

Projects were selected on a competitive basis using evaluation criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, such as community needs, project benefits, and local technical and financial capacity.

Roadmap positions midwest as possible leader in hydrogen transportation, job creation

The roadmap is collaboration between SARTA, RHFCC, and CALSTART, an organization dedicated to clean and efficient transportation solutions, and was commissioned to support future funding proposals for regional vehicle deployment.

Lightning Systems, New Eagle debut electric systems for Ford Transit, more

Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric will have an electric range of up to 125 miles, and a payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. Ford Motor Co.’s vehicle warranty covers vehicles with the LightningElectric upfit, and Ford Motor Credit financing is available.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close