http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/02 ... llard.html
Ballard in consortium with New Flyer to deploy 20 fuel cell electric buses in CA
Ballard Power Systems announced its membership in the “Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium” (FCEBCC), a large-scale project for which funding has now been committed to support deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two California transit agencies. Ten (10) buses are to be deployed with Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District (AC Transit) and 10 buses are to be deployed with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).
The FCEBCC project is funded and sponsored by: the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the California Climate Investments program; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD); and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The Center for Transportation and Environment (CTE), a non-profit member-based organization, is providing project management and oversight. . . .
Ballard systems will power New Flyer 40-foot Xcelsior XHE40 fuel cell buses, which are planned to be delivered and in-service with AC Transit and OCTA by the end of 2018. The buses are to be supported by advanced hydrogen fueling infrastructure provided by The Linde Group.
The New Flyer Xcelsior buses, powered by Ballard, have a range of approximately 500 kilometers (311 miles). . . .
AC transit has been operating FCEV buses since 2001, and currently has 12 3rd gen. FCEV buses in service. See:
http://www.actransit.org/2015/08/06/fue ... f-service/
Fuel Cell Bus Exceeds 20,000 Hours of Service
A fuel cell installed in an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus set a record-breaking milestone—20,000 hours of continuous operation. The fuel cell, manufactured by UTC Power, was not expected to operate beyond 5,000 hours, or about one year of service for an AC Transit bus. . . .
I guess these new ones will be 4th gen.