Nov. 7, 2007: Source – University of Texas
The Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin has joined with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to christen the first hydrogen fuel cell bus to be licensed and operated in Texas. The 22-foot hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid shuttle bus is part of a research program to evaluate low-emission vehicles in Texas.
The bus is powered by a hybrid electric drivetrain that draws energy from both its advanced battery electronics and a 20-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell. The combined hybrid system should grant a vehicle range of up to 200 miles, compared to 50 miles on batteries alone. The bus was designed by Ebus Inc., and built specifically for this project. Project partners have also begun installation of the first permanent hydrogen fueling station in Texas at the J.J. Pickle Research Center in Austin.
Tony Lindsay, manager of GTI’s Advanced Energy Systems Group, hopes the program will demonstrate the reliability of a hydrogen fueling system. He said, "The lack of a hydrogen infrastructure has been identified as the single largest impediment to the commercial roll-out of hydrogen vehicles."