|The fuel-cell hybrid Midibus|
Hydrogenics Corporation has received a US$460,000 order for a Fuel Cell Hybrid MidiBus (earlier post) from Rheinbahn Rheinische Bahngesellschaft AG, the public transit authority of the greater metropolitan Dusseldorf area in Germany.
The fuel cell and 72V alkaline battery system produces 25 kW of total power for the traction drive, which delivers 235 Nm of torque. The bus has a top speed of 33 km/h (20.5 mph). Two roof-mounted 2.9 kg tanks store a total of 5.8 kg of compressed hydrogen.
The hybrid design gives the Midibus a range of 200 km (124 miles), compared with only 60 to 80 km if powered by batteries alone.
This order follows the previous success of the Fuel Cell MidiBus road certification by the German TUV and demonstration with the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) regional government in partnership with the European Union.
The Fuel Cell Hybrid MidiBus is intended to be used over a 5-year period and is targeted for a range of niche transit applications, primarily in urban centers.