Maintenance and Reconditioning for Hydrogen Bus Fleet
Indiana’s EnerDel reports a four-year agreement with Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit for service and maintenance of the battery packs currently installed in the transit authority’s fleet hydrogen fuel cell buses.
The agreement extends the existing warranty on the EnerDel “Hybrid ESS” (energy storage system) units, which have been in service since 2010, EnerDel says. And, it includes “green initiatives for battery reconditioning that is only possible due to EnerDel’s unique module design.
“The complete service will be provided at an agreed upon flat price which would help precisely determine cost of ownership,” states a release.
‘Enhancing the Long-Term Value’
“Customers can take advantage of this unique program and receive the benefit of a new battery at part of the price, enhancing the long-term economic value for their all-electric or hybrid fleet,” said EnerDel transportation VP Tomasz Poznar.
“Reducing mid-life service cost for electric drive train components is a key challenge for the industry and although our competitors may try to mimic our service, none of them has the quality and serviceability to enable them effective execution,” he said.
Poznar told F&F that EnerDel is able to replace individuals cells in the packs as needed because it uses removable fasteners in manufacturing.
EnerDel’s goal is to “repurpose” cells removed from the bus packs into stationary applications “and significantly reduce recycling needs by creating secondary life usage.”
EnerDel will provide training for AC Transit engineers and technicians so they may “fully operate the advanced vehicles as a regular fleet.”
AC operates 12 fuel cell buses, manufactured in Belgium by Van Hool with fuel cells by UTC Power – now US Hybrid.
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Source: EnerDel with Fleets & Fuels follow-up