FTA Has Awarded $18.7 Million for Fuel Cell Buses in Ohio and California:
ElDorado Bodies, BAE Drivelines, Luxfer Cylinders and Ballard Fuel Cells
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded nearly $8.88 million to SARTA, Ohio’s Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, and $9.8 million to Southern California’s SunLine Transit to each deploy five new hydrogen fuel cell buses.
The 40-foot “American Fuel Cell Bus” vehicles will have ElDorado National bodies, BAE Systems series electric drivelines, and fuel cell modules from Ballard fed by hydrogen from Type III, carbon fiber-on-aluminum fuel cylinders from Luxfer capable of storing 50 kilograms of 5,000-psi fuel for an estimated single-fill range of 300 to 350 miles.
‘Single Largest Order of American Fuel Cell Buses Ever’
The buses have 11.2-kilowatt-hour lithium iron nanophosphate battery packs to enable regenerative braking.
“Between us and SunLine this is the single largest order of American fuel cell buses ever,” says SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad.
The first of the new SARTA buses will undergo FTA Altoona testing, he says, bringing the design to true commercialization.
“This is a monumental step forward for this technology,” Conrad told F&F.
The FTA money will allow SunLine to increase its fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses to ten The agency notes that it is hosting the Atlanta-based International Fuel Cell Bus Collaborative’s 2015 International Fuel Cell Bus Workshop February 25-26.
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Source: Federal Transit Administration with Fleets & Fuels follow-up