BAE Systems Developing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus for SunLine
In brief: BAE Systems is developing a hydrogen fuel cell bus for SunLine Transit, a Southern California regional transit agency, as part of a Federal Transit Administration project.
The bus will be funded by the Federal Transit Administration, CALSTART, the California Air Resource Board, and the California South Coast Air Quality Management District. All as part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program.
The bus will use the FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell power module from Ballard Power Systems. BAE will combine this with their own series electric drive and power management systems. The bus will be a standard model 40-foot transit bus and is scheduled for delivery in December 2011.
BAE Systems produces the HybriDrive series hybrid propulsion system that is in use in buses across the American continent as well as the United Kingdom. The new system being developed now will replace the HybriDrive's diesel engine with hydrogen fuel cells and adding more lithium-ion batteries in a later-generation package.
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Heavy transit seems to be where most of the HFC and diesel hybrids are happening right now. It's a sector that can definitely benefit.
Photo credits: BAE Systems
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