El Dorado fuel cell electric buses complete Altoona testing, eligible for $300K HVIP voucher in California
El Dorado National fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), using BAE System’s Series Hybrid technology with Ballard FCveloCity-HD fuel cell system modules, recently completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
El Dorado National (ENC) is the first bus manufacturer to complete the rigorous 12 year / 500,000-mile life cycle Altoona testing of a hydrogen fuel cell transit bus.
With these positive results, fuel cell technology will now be a viable and production-ready technology for transit operators looking for zero-emission travel. With the ability to refuel within 20 minutes and a proven transit duty cycle range of over 200 miles, the Axess FCEV is the only zero-emission transit bus that can seamlessly integrate into existing transit fleets.— Mike Ammann, Vice President of Sales for El Dorado
El Dorado National has produced 20 FCEBs in its Riverside, California plant, all powered by Ballard in collaboration with BAE Systems, under the American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) program. The latest version of El Dorado National’s Axess FCEB offers additional hydrogen storage, thereby extending the range beyond 300 miles.
There are currently 21 FCEBs in operation with several transit agencies in California, some with many years of revenue service. These buses operate on long routes with demanding duty cycles under extreme weather conditions. This includes the Coachella Valley, where Sunline Transit currently operates 8 fuel cell electric buses.