US FuelCell, a premier supplier of integrated fuel cell engines announces the market introduction of the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets. The integrated power plant simplifies vehicle integration and is compatible with existing J1939 vehicle diagnostics, further simplifying the service and maintenance of fuel cell engines.
“The introduction and deployment of this fuel cell engine is a game changer for US FuelCell and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,” said US FuelCell President and CEO, Dr. Abas Goodarzi. “The proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell/stack failures. US FuelCell is committed to manufacturing this commercially-viable, integrated fuel cell power system to enable the Americas, Europe and Asia to meet their GHG reduction goals at comparable cost to a Euro 6c engine, while providing zero emissions and the highest GHG reduction”
Today’s announcement follows news of US FuelCell’s recently awarded contracts to supply the integrated fuel cell engine as a commercially viable range extender battery dominant fuel cell bus for Sunline Transit in Coachella Valley California and to manufacture five fuel cell powered class-8 drayage trucks (37T) for operation at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Houston. The 80kW fuel cell power plant is capable of operating at temperatures as low as -30C with rapid start capability from -30C and is not required to be powered during non-operational periods to remain above freezing, further reducing operational and maintenance costs and failure risk in all-weather environments. The FCe80TM engine offers the best efficiency and continues the field proven durability and performance in transit industry applications.
“With this announcement, US FuelCell is taking a step forward in showing that hydrogen fuel cells can be viable in the commercial vehicle sector,” said CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. “Governments worldwide are requiring both smog forming and greenhouse gas emissions be reduced from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. It is becoming more difficult to meet those targets with conventional combustion based technologies using fossil fuels. This is creating a growing opportunity and need for trucks and buses powered by electricity and hydrogen”.
About US FuelCell
US FuelCell is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Hybrid with more than 26 years of experience in fuel cell balance of plant components and vehicle development and deployment. US FuelCell was established in 2013 after the purchase of the UTCPower PEM fuel cell Transportation division along with the global PEM IP license. US FuelCell continues to operate in the former UTCPower facility and is focused on developing new technologies and products and manufacturing freeze-capable PEM fuel cell engines with integrated control and power conversion for medium and heavy-duty fuel cell commercial buses and trucks. For more information, please visit www.usfuelcell.com, as well as the Hannover Messe US FuelCell Exhibitor Profile.