09 May
The Hydrogen Ecosystem Project is a public private partnership (PPP) between Costa Rica’s Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo (SBD), a public financial institution, promoting Costa Rica’s technological development and four other partners under the leadership of Ad Astra, including, Air Liquide, a world leader in gases, technologies, and services for industry and health; US Hybrid Corporation, specializing in hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles, Cummins Inc. a US global power leader in diesel and alternative fuel engines, and Relaxury S.A., a subsidiary of Costa Rica’s Purdy Motor S.A, who will operate the bus initially for the partnership as a not-for-profit demonstration for the Costa Rican people. All team members have contributed their own resources to the project. The partnership combines key logistics, expertise and technology to launch the bus as part of a carbon-free sustainable ecosystem and seeks operational experience with clean, domestically produced hydrogen as a viable transportation fuel for Costa Rica and other economies looking to achieve a carbon-free energy infrastructure. Fuel-cell electric vehicles could promote the profitable growth of a clean transportation alternative in regional markets.http://adastrarocket.com/pressReleases/Ad-Astra-H2-Milestone-050817-final.pdf 
03 May
The joint venture with Dewei of China will enable expansion of the company's domestic and China production to meet market demand of its PEM fuel cell engines for medium and heavy-duty vehicles

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 02, 2017) - US Hybrid, Inc., a California based company, today announced its joint venture with Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials Co., Ltd, a Chinese company ("Dewei"), and unveiled a zero-emission class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck featuring its PEM fuel cell engine during the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center. The truck, which will be operated by Total Transportation Solutions, Inc (TTSI), is one of two demonstration tractors scheduled for delivery at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.



"TTSI is excited to lead the demonstration of zero-emission fuel cell technology for port drayage in the San Pedro Ports," said Vic LaRosa, TTSI CEO and president.
The fuel cell tractor, a Navistar International ProStar day cab, features US Hybrid's FCe™80, 80kW PEM fuel cell engine, and a 500 horsepower traction motor with 2,900 foot pounds of direct drive torque (3,750 Nm). It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 80,000 pounds, an estimated driving range of 200 miles under normal drayage operation, and can be fully refueled in less than nine minutes.
"Demonstrating the viability of zero-emission trucks for goods movement is a vital step toward Southern California meeting its federally mandated standards for healthy air," said Wayne Nastri, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
"US Hybrid deserves our thanks and appreciation for its cutting-edge clean technology leadership. These new fuel cell trucks will help protect the health of disproportionately impacted communities near our ports, rail yards, warehouses, and freight transportation corridors," said Dr. Joseph Lyou, President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a California public interest organization dedicated to protecting public health, improving air quality, and preventing climate change.
US Hybrid is well positioned to be a major US manufacturer of fuel cell engines for the medium- and heavy-duty commercial transportation sector. The company announced its plans to expand its Connecticut production facility via a joint venture with Dewei. The joint venture, US FuelCell, Inc. ("USFC"), will focus on the production of US Hybrid's PEM fuel cell engines, including the FCe™80, an 80kW fuel cell engine for heavy-duty trucks and transit buses, and the FCe™40, an 40kW fuel cell engine for class 6 and 7 trucks and medium-duty transit buses.
The compact and high efficiency FCe™80 and FCe™40 units have been designed to be integrated, controlled, and serviced just like a conventional engine with J1939 diagnostics and easy access to critical components to minimize service time. The FC engines are utilizing US Hybrid's unique advanced freeze capable technology, which enables start at temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius without a cold climate option package.
USFC anticipates production and delivery of more than 1,200 PEM fuel cell engines in the next 36 months. The expansion of production facilities in US and China will enable the company to build and deliver 2,000 fuel cell engines per year in the US and additional 2,000 engines in China. The higher-volume fuel cell engine production capability will enable fleets to realize a comparable return on investment as other clean fuel engines.
"Dewei is committed to the successful development of fuel cell technology for commercial buses and trucks, as evidenced by our $42.8 million (RMB 300 million) investment in Chinese fuel cell production and establishment of a $428 million (RMB 3000 million) industrial fund," said Zhou Jianming, Dewei Chairman. "This new partnership with US Hybrid will enable US FuelCell to meet market demand cost-competitively in China, North America, and Europe."
"Our joint venture with Dewei will dramatically increase the availability of PEM fuel cell engines for commercial vehicles globally," stated US Hybrid president and CEO, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D, P.E., a 35-year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries. "Given that heavy-duty engines are the leading source of smog-forming emissions in many metropolitan areas throughout the world, we are thrilled to provide an economically viable zero-tailpipe-emission solution to help cities achieve their air quality improvement and climate change mitigation goals."
About US Hybrid Corporation
US Hybrid Corporation has provided electric and hybrid-traction drive systems for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, and fuel cell transit buses throughout the world, with more than one million accumulated kilometers of operation. Notable recent integration projects include hybrid street sweepers for the New York Department of Sanitation, hybrid port trucks for the New York Container terminals, fuel cell buses for Sunline Transit, fuel cell powered class-8 drayage trucks for operation at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Houston, and a range of full cell vehicles (shuttle buses, step vans, military vehicles, port trucks) for Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. US Hybrid is also providing Caltrans with a fuel cell street sweeper.
US Hybrid is an ISO 9001 and an ISO 14001 registered company. US Hybrid products are designed to meet customer's application requirements and standards, including: ISO, SAE, UL, FCC, NEBS and MIL-STD compliance. For more information, visit http://www.ushybrid.com.
About Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials Co., Ltd
Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials Co. Ltd ("Dewei"), established in 1995, is the largest high molecular material producer and distributor in China. The rapidly growing company, which is a supplier for General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota, and a key shareholder of Guizhou Aerospace Special Vehicle Co., has recently experienced nearly 30% year-over-year revenue increases. The company is ISO9001, ISO/TSO16949, ISO14001 certified. For more information, visit http://www.chinadewei.com.
About US FuelCell.
US FuelCell ("USFC") is a joint venture between US Hybrid and Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials Co., Ltd ("Dewei"). The company, established in 2013, specializes in the production of freeze capable PEM fuel cell engines with integrated control and power conversion for light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles for global market. The USFC Connecticut production facility and is equipped with state of art automated and semi-automated assembly, test and validation equipment. The FCe™ integrated product line engine is available in 10kW, 40kW and 80kW. The FCe™ engines includes the cell stack, balance of plant components, high efficiency isolated DC-DC converter with built in safety disconnect, fault protection and J1939 vehicle diagnostics, further simplifying the service and maintenance of zero-emission fleets. For more information, visit US FuelCell www.usfuelcell.com.
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29 August

Manufacturer of fuel cell engines and power conversion systems for medium and heavy-duty transportation applications upgrades to highest membership class

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2016 – Today, the California Hydrogen Business Council announced the appointment of Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President and CEO of US Hybrid to the Board of Directors.

US Hybrid Corporation, established in 1999, specializes in the design and manufacture of powertrain components and systems for medium and heavy-duty electric, hybrid, and fuel cell commercial buses and trucks to enable them to become more reliable and fuel-efficient, with lower emissions and better responsiveness. The company recently introduced the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets.The company has also announced a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Sumitomo Corporation, also a new CHBC Member, to expand fuel cell stack production capacity for commercial vehicles.

 

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 UTC Power PEM fuel cell Transportation division. US FuelCell, a premier manufacturer of the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine, is targeting medium and heavy-duty vehicle markets.

“US Hybrid joined the CHBC last year, to participate in the Council’s Goods Movement, Heavy Duty Transportation, and Clean Ports market activities, and develop deeper business and government relationships in California. Now we see even more opportunities for our products and leadership and have decided to fully commit to the organization,” Abas Goodarzi stated.

 

Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of the CHBC stated “With the increased government focus on emission reduction in the medium and heavy duty sector, I am looking forward to Dr. Goodarzi’s participation in leading the CHBC during this transformative time for the industry.”

 

US Hybrid joins CHBC’s ten other Platinum Members which are South Coast Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, AC Transit, Ballard Power Systems, Fuel Cell Energy, Hydrogenics, Pacific Gas & Electric, Plug Power, Southern California Gas Company and Toyota. As a Platinum member, US Hybrid is eligible to appoint one company representative to CHBC’s Board of Directors, and receives an array of other benefits, including increased recognition in CHBC activities.

For a complete listing of CHBC’s Board of Directors, see www.californiahydrogen.org/index.php?q=bod.

 

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About the California Hydrogen Business Council

 

The California Hydrogen Business Council is comprised of organizations and individuals involved in the business of hydrogen. Its mission is to advance the commercialization of hydrogen in transportation, goods movement, and stationary power markets to reduce emissions and dependence on oil. More information at www.californiahydrogen.org.

12 August

Sumitomo Corporation together with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (collectively referred to as” SC Group”) announced today their Strategic Collaboration Agreement with US Hybrid to support their desire to grow its fuel cell production business through the expansion of fuel cell stack production capacity for commercial production. SC Group will play an integral role in the project by coordinating the discussions with OEM’s through their extensive business network.

 

US Hybrid, together with their Fuel Cell division, US FuelCell, has more than 26 years of experience in fuel cell balance of plant components and vehicle development and deployment. US FuelCell develops and manufactures new technologies and transportation products.

“Fuel cell vehicles offer high energy efficiency, no tailpipe emissions, and full vehicle functionality, including the normal driving range, fast fueling and a potential path to sustainable transportation. We highly respect Japanese automakers as a leader in commercializing fuel cell passenger vehicles, and we consider our new freeze capable, fuel cell powertrains to be a game-changer for the equally important market segments of medium and heavy duty trucks for freight movement and buses for public transit,” said Abas Goodarzi, President of US Hybrid. “We are very pleased to be working with Sumitomo, as a global strategic business development partner, in order to commercialize our fuel cell engine and integrated vehicle technologies that have proven reliability for both on-road and off-road transportation.” 

SC Group is equally excited to be initiating this partnership. “By bridging US Hybrid’s excellent technology and Sumitomo’s deep relationships with OEMs, we are excited to contribute to this project and realize the potential for using clean hydrogen energy in commercial transportation,” said Duke Kato, Senior Vice President at Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. “We view this partnership as an investment into the way mass transportation performs in the future, mitigating the negative impact on the environment.”

 

SC Group has studied Hydrogen as a future clean energy source, including how fuel cell technologies can be applied to cars. In Japan the development of fuel cell technology has already been incorporated into passenger cars like the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity.

 

Through this research, SC Group has recognized the need to develop this clean energy technology for greater infrastructure needs, specifically applying it to public transportation. Reaching this agreement with US Hybrid will be an important next step in developing this technology, whose fuel cell application to public transit had been evaluated as one of the closest to the commercialization through demonstration projects in California, Hawaii, Ohio and Michigan. US Hybrid also marketed the first freeze-capable integrated fuel cell engine for medium and heavy-duty vehicles at the Hannover Messe Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Batteries Fair this past April.

 

About Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation is a leading global trading company with 110 locations in 66 countries and 23 locations in Japan. The entire Sumitomo Corporation Group consists of nearly 900 companies and more than 70,000 personnel. The SC business is continuously expanding into a diverse range of products and services. Its core business units are Metal Products, Transportation and Construction Systems, Environment and Infrastructure, Media, Network, Lifestyle Related Goods and Services, Mineral Resources, Energy, and Chemical and Electronics.

 

About Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York City, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) has 8 offices in major U.S. cities.  SCOA is the largest subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world’s leading traders of goods and services.  As an integrated business enterprise, the firm has emerged as a major organizer of multination projects, an expediter of ideas, an important international investor and financier, and a powerful force for distribution of products and global communications through a network of offices worldwide.

 

SCOA continues to grow its renewable energy business and has extensive experience developing, operating and owning power generating projects and facilities such as wind, geothermal, biomass and solar businesses around the world. Investments include 200MW Mesquite Creek Wind Farm in western Texas; 845MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon; two Kansas wind farms, the 131MW Cimarron II and 168MW Ironwood projects; Stanton wind project, a 120-MW wind power facility in Texas; and Desert Sunlight, a 550MW solar power project in California. For more information, visit www.sumitomocorp.com

 

About US Hybrid

Since 1999, US Hybrid has provided electric and hybrid traction drive systems for medium and heavy duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, and fuel cell transit buses throughout the world. US Hybrid was founded in Torrance, California by Dr. Gordon Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D, P.E. a 30-year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries. US Hybrid’s team of engineers has over 200 years of combined experience in electric and hybrid powertrain and energy storage systems.

US Hybrid’s products have been used in many OEM commercial vehicles worldwide, including transit systems and trucks with over one million accumulated kilometers of operation. US Hybrid’s 170kW and 240kW drive motors currently power monorails in Brazil and Malaysia, while US Hybrid’s 320kW drives power heavy-duty mining equipment as well as Class 8 trucks. US Hybrid is the supplier for the New York Department of Sanitation Hybrid street sweepers and the New York Container Terminal hybrid port trucks and fuel cell vehicles for Hawaii Volcano National park, Hilo MTA and Ports of Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.ushybrid.com, www.usfuelcell.com

 

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04 May

US Hybrid, Nissan, Argonne National Laboratory and National Grid, a utility fleet owner and operator, has been selected for $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to design and test a fuel cell range extender for utility vehicles based on Nissan’s e-NV200 platform. The three-year pilot program will include prototype design and testing, as well as an economic assessment of the marketability of this emerging transportation technology. The team is comprised of an established powertrain supplier and vehicle integrator (US Hybrid), a major OEM (Nissan), a national lab experienced in fuel cell and powertrain modeling/analysis (ANL), and National Grid a leading and largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK. 

The fuel cell range extender vehicle is intended to provide a cost-effective extended zero emission operation. Additionally, fuel cell range extenders may help provide the needed cabin comfort and heating required for operation in cold climates such as the Northern United States, China, Canada, EU and Japan. 

“Zero-emission vehicles are typically either hydrogen fuel cell cars that run primarily off of a fuel cell with a high power battery, or they are all-electric vehicles that run off of high energy battery packs,” said Glenn Keller, an engineer in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division.  

The range extender vehicle operates similar to a plug-in hybrid with a small, lower-cost zero emission fuel cell displacing the combustion engine. The proposed range extender FCeNV200 utility van should provide over 200 miles of driving range while maintaining a 650kg payload and 4.2m3 cargo capacity meeting the operation requirements of most users. The FCeNV200 will allow for extended and 24/7 operating hours and fast hydrogen refueling while allowing overnight electric charging during off-peak hours.

The project’s goals are to (1) test and demonstrate one FCeNV200 at the operator’s sites in New York and/or Massachusetts in demonstration phase; (2) deploy and operate a minimum of twenty FCRXeNV200 for 5,000 hours operation per vehicle (30 months) at the operator’s sites; and (3) conduct an economic assessment, including a payback analysis, cost per unit, and payback time concerning the use of hydrogen fueled fuel cells for range extenders used in commercial operations. The economic assessment will be facilitated using data collected and submitted to NREL quarterly. Upon project completion, the team will be able to make recommendations on the marketability and commercial viability of the FCeNV200.

US Hybrid, a company that specializes in green vehicle drive systems, has developed and deployed a similar fuel cell range extender system for medium-and heavy-duty commercial and military vehicles. A similar fuel cell range extender vehicle (Renault Kangoo ZE van) has been deployed in the French postal service, La Poste. 

US Hybrid Since 1999, US Hybrid Corporation has provided electric and hybrid traction drive systems for medium and heavy duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, and fuel cell transit buses throughout the world. US Hybrid Corporation is privately held and was founded in Torrance, California by Dr. Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D, P.E., and a 30 year veteran of the electric, hybrid, and fuel cell industries including design and development of General Motors’ EV1 power-train development at Hughes Aircraft Company. US Hybrid has designs and production facilities in Torrance California, Honolulu Hawaii, South Windsor Connecticut and Worcester Massachusetts.  Please visit www.ushybrid.com for more information

Nissan Electric Vehicles 

In 2010, Nissan was the first mainstream vehicle manufacturer to bring zero emission mobility to the mass market with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF – an affordable, all-electric family car. In 2014, Nissan launched its second electric vehicle (EV), the e-NV200, in select global markets, bridging tried and tested technology from the Nissan LEAF with its award-winning Light Commercial Vehicle range.  Fast forward to 2016, and Nissan remains the global market leader in providing mass market EV solutions with the sales of Nissan EVs now in excess of 220,000 units globally. Last year, Nissan sold 49,136 Nissan EVs worldwide, 19,883 of which were in Europe alone. Consumer needs for smarter, more flexible mobility solutions will only increase as cities and urban environments become more complex and more congested in the future. Nissan believes electric vehicles are shaping the future of mobility, today and we welcome industry initiatives that seek to further this vision.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

 

04 May

For the third year in a row, US Hybrid was a participant at the 2016 ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA, where it displayed its Class-8 Battery-Electric Truck, its Class-8 LNG Plug-in Hybrid Truck, as well as its Fuel Cell Tug developed for the United States Air Force.  Also, on Monday May 2, President/CEO of US Hybrid Dr. Abas Goodarzi presented at the California Hydrogen business Council.

27 April

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.  

 

20 April

From April 25 to April 29 2016, US FuelCell will be an exhibitor at the Hannover Messe Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries Fair. The Hannover Messe is Europe's largest hydrogen, fuel cells, and battery exhibition with over 200,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors. On Monday April 25, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President/CEO of US FuelCell will be delivering a presentation on "Fuel Cell technology and products for medium and heavy duty vehicles, operation experience and reliability." 

Exhibit - US FuelCell

  • Integrated fuel cell powerplants
  • Hall 27, Booth C34 
  • Website

Presentation - "Fuel Cell technology and products for medium and heavy duty vehicles, operation experience and reliability."

Monday, April 25, 2016; 12:00pm

Exhibition Grounds, Hannover, Germany