California trials slated for plug-in/fuel-cell bus

  • 22-Dec-2008 09:03 EST
The city of Burbank, CA, has been selected as a national test market for Proterra LLC's HFC35 plug-in/fuel-cell composite-body bus, with trials slated to begin in spring 2009. The bus—which employs fuel cells developed by Hydrogenics Corp., fast-charge (full recharge in 6 min) batteries by Altairnano, and an electric propulsion system by UQM—can travel 250 mi (400 km) before recharging and offers double the fuel economy of a bus powered by a diesel engine, according to the city. In a Dec. 17 press release, Burbank described the bus as the first purpose-built composite model based on plug-in technology.
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