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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Mon May 01, 2017 5:19 pm

Via GCC:
TfL launches tender for bulk procurement of fuel cell buses
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... 1-tfl.html

Transport for London (TfL) recently launched a tender for the bulk procurement of fuel cell buses. Working in partnership with other UK cities (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dundee), TfL is inviting potential suppliers of fuel cell buses to join a framework for the supply of single- and double-decker vehicles to cities across the UK and potentially abroad.

The bulk procurement of buses is intended significantly to increase yearly order volumes in Europe and will play a key role in reducing costs and bringing this technology closer to a commercial reality.

The procurement activity is part of the JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project, an EU-funded project deploying 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses across nine cities, the first deployment of this scale in Europe. The project is coordinated by Element Energy. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Tue May 02, 2017 4:59 pm

Via GCC:
UPS to deploy prototype Class 6 extended range fuel cell electric vehicle delivery truck; trials begin in Q3
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... 2-ups.html

. . . UPS is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to design a first-of-its-kind, zero tailpipe emissions, Class 6 medium-duty delivery truck that meets the same route and range requirements of UPS’ existing conventional fuel vehicles.

The UPS trucks are equipped with a 32 kW Hydrogenics fuel cell coupled to 45 kWh of battery storage and 10 kg of hydrogen fuel. Each FCEV produces electricity which continuously charges its batteries, thereby providing additional power and an extended range of 125 miles. This will support the full duty cycle of the truck, including highway driving.

The first FCEV prototype will be deployed in Sacramento, Calif., where UPS will validate its design and core performance requirements by testing it on the street starting the third quarter of 2017. Current project plans call for additional UPS trucks to be validated with at least 5,000 hours of in-service operational performance. . . .

The project is part of a fuel cell project grant awarded by DOE in 2013 focused on verifying the proof of concept in commercial delivery vehicles. The project calls for retrofitting conventional fuel trucks with fuel cell electric systems designed specifically for use in a delivery truck duty cycle.
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Also GCC, this provides some additional info on Toyota's Project Portal Class 8 FCEV tractor (earlier post):
Ricardo collaborating with Toyota on Project Portal Class 8 fuel cell truck
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... cardo.html

As best I can see from the illustration, there are four H2 tanks stacked (two at the bottom, then 1 and 1) plus maybe the FC behind the driver's cab where the sleeper cab would normally go. So, a sleeper team tractor would need some other arrangement of tanks, but for the short-hauls this tractor is designed for it isn't an issue. If they can't find anyplace to put them, then presumably LH2 would be needed.
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Wed May 03, 2017 7:09 pm

Via GCC:
US Hybrid unveils new Class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck for San Pedro Ports
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... ybrid.html

US Hybrid has unveiled a zero-emission Class 8 fuel cell port drayage truck featuring its PEM fuel cell system 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 fuel cell demonstration tractors scheduled for delivery at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. [GRA: See Toyota]

The fuel cell tractor, a Navistar International ProStar day cab, features US Hybrid’s FCe80, 80 kW PEM fuel cell system and a 500 hp traction motor with 2,900 lb-ft of direct drive torque (3,750 N·m). 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.

US Hybrid plans to expand its Connecticut production facility via an expanded partnership with China-based Jiangsu Dewei Advanced Materials. The US FuelCell, Inc. (USFC) facility—originally a wholly owned subsidiary of US Hybrid, but now owned by both Dewei and US Hybrid—will focus on the production of US Hybrid’s PEM fuel cell systems, including the FCe80, an 80kW fuel cell engine for heavy-duty trucks and transit buses, and the FCe40, an 40kW fuel cell engine for class 6 and 7 trucks and medium-duty transit buses. . . .

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. .
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Also GCC:
Kenworth developing hydrogen fuel cell, Near Zero NOx CNG series hybrid Class 8 prototypes for SoCal ports; CNG hybrids
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... owrth.html

Kenworth continues its advancements on low/zero emission projects focused on Kenworth T680 day cabs for drayage tractor operation in Southern California ports, which are backed by $9 million in government grants awarded last August.

Kenworth is developing a prototype Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell tractor, using the Ballard Power Systems fuel cell to recharge the battery pack. The hydrogen fuel cell series hybrid T680 day cab tractor uses lithium-ion batteries to power a dual-rotor electric motor, driving the rear tandem axle through a 4-speed automated transmission. Kenworth’s hydrogen truck is expected to be ready for initial track and on-road testing in the fourth quarter of this year. . . .

Each truck will have an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles (48 km), and the on-board fuel—hydrogen or natural gas—will provide sufficient range for a full day in regional haul applications.

Kenworth’s work on these programs is supported by grants of $2.1 million for each project from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) as the prime applicant. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Mon May 08, 2017 5:56 pm

Via IEVS:
BYD Debuts Electric Garbage Truck With 76 Miles Range, Saves $13,000 Per Year In Service
http://insideevs.com/byd-reveals-electr ... age-truck/
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Thu May 11, 2017 5:55 pm

Via GCR:
TM4 and Cummins jointly developing range-extended electric plug-in powertrain for Class 7/8 buses
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... 1-tm4.html
The range-extended electric drive system comprises a gen-set (Cummins’ Euro 2019 B4.5 diesel engine coupled with TM4’s LSG130 electric generator); an external 450 kW ultrafast charging infrastructure; a power collector; a 111 kWh onboard Li-ion battery; a TM4 SUMO electric motor directly connected to the differential; a small fuel tank and power electronics. . . .

    Our goal is to offer a system that can achieve 35 km EV range and benefit from the 450 kW fast charging infrastructure to recharge in less than 5 min. The range extender allows for peace of mind and significant flexibility. We are honored to be partnering with Cummins and hope to bring this product to market in the near future.

    —Robert Baril, Managing Director of TM4. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Tue May 30, 2017 7:00 pm

Via GCC, first I recall reading of anything using LN2:
First liquid nitrogen hybrid bus completes trials; HORIBA MIRA and Dearman
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... power.html
A hybrid bus that runs on both diesel and liquid nitrogen has completed a series of trials to bring it one step closer to the road. The hybrid bus—CE Power—is the first to be powered by liquid nitrogen and has been built by engineers at HORIBA MIRA as part of an Innovate UK consortium.

The bus utilizes alternative propulsion to address urban air pollution challenges and features a high-efficiency, zero-emission Dearman Engine (earlier post), powered by liquid nitrogen, alongside a conventional diesel engine. . . .

The bus uses a hybrid propulsion system to reduce emissions during acceleration after stopping. This portion of the bus’ drive cycle traditionally has a heavy impact on the diesel engine and can produce large amounts of NOx and CO2 emissions. As the Dearman Engine produces none of these harmful emissions, it will enable the bus to continue to stop frequently to unload and pull away from a bus stop without expelling the same level of damaging pollutants.

While driving at 20 mph or below, the liquid nitrogen—stored in a low pressure insulated cylinder—is warmed up to the point of boiling, at which time it creates enough pressure to drive the multi-cylinder Dearman engine. Once the bus reaches 20 mph, the diesel engine will kick in as at this speed the bus requires less effort from the engine to operate. . . .

The benefits of using liquid nitrogen over an electric hybrid bus include a much longer life, local production and easy refueling. Batteries, which power many of the UK’s electric hybrids, require changing several times over the course of a bus’s lifetime, whereas the liquid nitrogen system will last the lifetime of the bus, Dearman said. Liquid nitrogen can be produced locally without the need for neodymium or lithium, which are both used by motors and batteries and sourced from overseas. Furthermore, refueling liquid nitrogen can take a matter of minutes, enabling the bus to return to the road in a short timeframe. . . .


Also GCC:
Bus operators launch joint procurement for 63 fuel cell buses in Germany and South Tyrol; part of JIVE
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05 ... -jive.html
Wuppertal-based WSW mobil GmbH last week tendered the procurement of 63 fuel cell buses for operation in public transport. WSW is coordinating the joint procurement for its partners Verkehrs-Verbund Mainz-Wiesbaden GmbH; traffiQ Frankfurt; Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (all Germany); and SASA SpA-AG in Bolzano (Itay) which are going to operate these buses in the next years. The coordinated procurement of buses based on a joint specification sheet targets achieving lower prices for the buses.

The joint procurement activity is part of the JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe) project, an EU-funded project deploying 139 new zero emission fuel cell buses across nine cities, the first deployment of this scale in Europe. (Earlier post.) JIVE is going to become the largest fuel cell bus project in Europe. . . .

The transport operators are part of a fuel cell bus procurement cluster which currently comprises 15 companies in Germany, South Tyrol and Trento. Their common target is to switch their complete bus fleets to emission-free vehicles in the future. . . .

Further clusters exist in the UK, Benelux, France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

The necessary hydrogen is either a by-product from the local chemical industry or is made by electrolysis from renewable electricity.
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:00 pm

Via GCC:
Ballard awarded $18M follow-on fuel cell deal with Broad-Ocean to support deployment of 400 buses and trucks in China
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06 ... llard.html

Fuel cell system manufacturer Ballard Power Systems has entered into an $18-million supply contract with Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. (Broad-Ocean) to support the deployment of 400 FCveloCity fuel cell systems integrated into clean energy buses and trucks in key Chinese cities. . . .

This announcement, together with an $11-million transaction announced in April, means that Ballard is planning to support Broad-Ocean through the deployment of 600 fuel cell engines having a value of $29 million, with substantial deliveries expected to be made this year. .
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:01 pm

Via GCC:
Ricardo collaborates with California Fuel Cell Partnership on hydrogen trucks; TCO assessment
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06 ... cardo.html

. . . The Ricardo TCO model is being used to assess fuel cell technology as applied to commercial van and truck fleets. The model provides a building block for assessing the economic viability of future vehicles featuring new powertrain technologies including natural gas, battery electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cells by calculating key economic metrics such as total cost of ownership, payback period and internal rate of return.

The model comprises a detailed build-up of capital expenditures and operating costs incurred over the ownership period of the vehicle, and includes benchmarked vehicle prices, duty cycle based miles per gallon, itemized scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs, future fuel prices and required infrastructure investment.

The toolset is supplemented with economic models of refueling infrastructure that convey insights on capital and operational expenses incurred when installing and operating refueling infrastructure such as hydrogen, CNG/LNG and EV charging stations. . . .
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Re: AFV Truck and (non-BEV) Bus thread

Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:18 pm

Via GCC:
Hydrogenics to provide 1,000 fuel cell bus power modules to Blue-G in China; $50M deal
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06 ... enics.html
. . . Delivery of the fuel cells and the associated payments are expected to occur over the next two to three years. Hydrogenics also expects to generate incremental license royalties over a 10-year period. . . .
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