New Flyer, here it comes the fuel cell bus. The North American manufacturer unveiled the Xcelsior Charge H2, thus becoming the first company in the US to offer two models of hydrogen bus, both eligible for federal funding. In fact, the 40 foot as well as the 60 foot (12.1 and 18.2 meter) model have successfully completed the Atona Testing, New Flyer reports in a press relese.
300 miles range for the Xcelsior Charge H2
According to New Flyer, the Xcelsior Charge H2 articulated is the first 18 meter bus to complete Altoona. The fuel cell bus by New Flyer uses fuel cell technology (by Ballard Power System) to create electricity and charge batteries, thus extending the vehicle’s range up to 300 miles. The bus can be refueled in 6-20 minutes depending on the model and operating conditions, and requires no overnight plugin electrical charging.
In fact, the 12 meter model has an equivalent battery storage of 700 kWh (the double of an average battery electric bus) thanks to a 37.5 kg hydrogen tank. The articulated bus, on the other hand, carry on board as much as 1,100 kWh (60 kg hydrogen storage volume).
Today, New Flyer is the only North American manufacturer to provide all three types of ZEB propulsion systems: trolley-electric, all battery-electric, and fuel cell electric.
25 fuel cell buses to three Californian agencies
New Flyer is currently delivering 25 units of Xcelsior Charge H2 to three transit agencies as part of California Climate Investments (CCI). CCI is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households, New Flyer points out. New Flyer also continues to partner with the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and CALSTART on programs to advance electric bus commercialization.
New Flyer fuel cell portfolio will include trucks
“With the addition of the Xcelsior Charge H2, New Flyer proudly offers a robust line-up of zero-emission transit buses to assist in the transition to clean transit, to serve the evolving needs of communities, and to meet increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emissions regulation such as California’s Innovative Clean Transit Rule,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “We anticipate fuel cells for extended range will complement all battery-electric technology, not only in transit, but other industries such as commercial trucks.”