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US Hybrid FC Bus Arrives in Costa Rica

August 9, 2017 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Crucial Integration Milestone on the Nation’s
First Hydrogen-Electric Transport Ecosystem Project’

A 40-foot Van Hool A330 bus outfitted for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell operation by US Hybrid in Connecticut has arrived in Costa Rica, where it will be demonstrated “along representative routes near the city of Liberia,” says project coordinator Ad Astra Rocket, of Webster, Texas.

This item was initially posted on August 4

US Hybrid for FC Bus Demo in Costa Rica

May 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ad Astra Coordinating ‘Ecosystem Project’ Including Air Liquide

Busy US Hybrid is completing the conversion of a 35-foot Van Hool bus to hydrogen fuel cell operation at its facility in Connecticut for trials in Costa Rica. The “Hydrogen Ecosystem Project” project is being coordinated by Texas-based Ad Astra Rocket.

US Hybrid Hydrogen Sweeper for Caltrans

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GEP Unit with an 80-Kilowatt FCe80 Fuel Cell

US Hybrid reported an order at ACT Expo for a hydrogen fuel cell-powered street sweeper for Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.

US Hybrid Shows a Class 8 Fuel Cell Truck

May 6, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joint Venture with Jiangsu Dewei Could Lead to Thousands

US Hybrid is helping take the hydrogen fuel cell into the Class 8 vehicle category, showing a Navistar International ProStar day cab fitted with an 80-kilowatt (107 horsepower) FCe80 fuel cell engine at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach – and announcing a joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials.

AC Clocks 20,000 Fuel Cell Hours

August 18, 2015 in fuel cells, Hydrogen, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A Clean Air Endurance Record for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack
A hydrogen fuel cell powering a Van Hool transit bus operated by the Oakland, Calif.-based Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has logged 20,000 hours of continuous operation – “a record-breaking milestone.” updated August 19

US Hybrid Fuel Cell Trucks for Houston

July 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Multiple Partners to Demonstrate Zero-Emission Port Drayage

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is leading a multi-partner, $7.6 million program with the Gas Technology Institute to deploy and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell drayage trucks for the Port of Houston.

US Hybrid for Hawaii Hydrogen Plug-In Bus

June 30, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Multiple-Technology Vehicle Will Operate on The Big Island

US Hybrid reports a contract from HCATT, the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, to design, integrate, and deliver an H2Ride fuel cell plug-in shuttle bus for operation by the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency’s Hele-On Big Island bus service. updated July 1

US Hybrid-Global Sweepers for NYC

May 10, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, CNG, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

US Hybrid Drive in Global Environmental Sweepers for New York,
The Customer Says that a CNG-Fueled Hybrid Is in Development Too

US Hybrid is talking up a follow-on order of seven hybrid electric street sweepers for DSNY, the New York City Department of Sanitation, stating that there are “twenty in the pipeline and additional option for eighty.” The hybrid electric sweepers are manufactured by Global Environmental Products.

US Hybrid for Transport Fuel Cells

January 27, 2014 in Companies, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Firm Reaches a Global Licensing Pact with UTC,
Says ‘The Execution of This Agreement is a Game-Changer’

Southern California’s US Hybrid reports a global licensing agreement with United Technologies Corp allowing it to commercialize the proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells developed by UTC Power in Connecticut.

The PC58 is effectively US Hybrid's behind a licensing agreement with UTC.

The PC58 is effectively US Hybrid’s behind a licensing agreement with UTC.

The agreement “advances US Hybrid’s strategy to become the leading provider of integrated fuel cell power systems for transit buses, commercial trucks and off-road vehicles worldwide,” the company says. Coupled with a recent Federal Transit Administration award, it “thrusts US Hybrid to the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing in the medium and heavy duty commercial vehicle sectors.”

“The execution of this agreement is a game-changer for US Hybrid and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,” US Hybrid president and CEO Abas Goodarzi said in a release. “This proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell stack failures to date.

‘A Commercially-Viable, Integrated Fuel Cell Power System’

“US Hybrid is committed to improving upon this technology to manufacture a commercially-viable, integrated fuel cell power system to enable the Americas, Europe and Asia to meet their GHG reduction goals,” Goodarzi said.

US Hybrid is likely to keep the 'PureMotion' handle for the fuel cells initially developed by United Technologies – seen here in a Van Hool bus operated by Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit.

US Hybrid is likely to keep the ‘PureMotion’ handle for the fuel cells initially developed by United Technologies – seen here in a Van Hool bus operated by Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit.

US Hybrid will continue development and refinement of products including the UTC-developed including the PureMotion 150 (aka the PC58) from UTC – likely keeping the PureMotion tradename, according to business development VP Mike Tosca, himself a UTC veteran. “We could have units available this year,” he told F&F.

US Hybrid has taken over UTC’s fuel cell facility in South Windsor, Connecticut, where it plans to complete development, fabrication and validation of fuel cells with support from its Torrance, Calif. headquarters and from Magmotor in Worcester, Mass.

Already a Supplier of Key Ancillary Gear

US Hybrid notes that it has been a key supplier of such “balance of plant” components as cathode air blowers, DI (de-ionized water) pumps and power converters to UTC and other fuel cell suppliers for more than a decade.

The California company says it will add fuel cell production to its various core competencies: “system design, integration and operation of fuel cell buses, trucks, military and specialty vehicles, as well as supporting fuel cells with component electronics.”

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US Hybrid Steps in for UTC Power

August 21, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts for the Next Generation Fuel Cell for Transit Buses

Southern California’s US Hybrid will step in where Connecticut’s UTC Power left off, and will build the next generation of fuel cells for transit buses with the support of the Federal Transit Administration. The announcement was made yesterday by Calstart, which administers the FTA project.

US Hybrid for Two CNG Plug-In Hybrids

April 1, 2013 in CNG, Electric Drive, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Class 8 Plug-Ins for GTI for Real-World Drayage,
Battery Boost Will Avoid Expense of the ISX12 G Engine

Southern California’s US Hybrid has a contract with the Illinois-based Gas Technology Institute to fabricate and deploy two compressed natural gas-fueled Class 8 plug-in hybrid electric trucks for a year of drayage trucking trials. The plug-in CNG hybrid design is expected to reduce fuel consumption and the air quality impact associated with heavy-duty diesel emissions in ports, where trucks idle their engines for long periods while waiting in loading queues.

$35 Million from the CEC

June 1, 2012 in Biodiesel, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The California Energy Commission late last week unanimously approved $35 million worth of funding for “a diversity of alternative fuel and vehicle types,” paving the way for contracts to be signed.

The technologies being fostered will be necessary for the state to meet its own efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals, says Calstart president and CEO John Boesel, whose organization is the largest recipient.

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