US Hybrid Building Next Gen Fuel Cell
CALSTART announced that US Hybrid was awarded a contract to build the next generation of cost-effective fuel cells for transit buses. This funding will enable US Hybrid to build upon its previous work and become a supplier of core technology for zero-emission fuel cell powertrains for transit buses.
The funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and will allow US Hybrid to fabricate, integrate, test and validate a next-generation fuel cell with the intent to commercialize the technology for transit use. CALSTART administers the project for the FTA.
The fuel cell is projected to be significantly smaller and less costly, with double the life and power density.
“With these contracts, US Hybrid is gaining access to world class technology, staff, facility and equipment. We are excited to be working with an entrepreneurial firm like US Hybrid to make zero-emission fuel cell buses economically viable,” said CALSTART President and CEO, John Boesel.
US Hybrid’s work is part of the FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. CALSTART has led a number of successful projects since the formation of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program in 2005. Over the period of the program, fuel cell life (in transit operations) has more than doubled while costs have declined by 50 percent.
Source: From: Calstar.org