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CUTRIC ZEB Conference: Strong momentum for fuel cell electric buses

CUTRIC ZEB Conference: Strong momentum for fuel cell electric buses

Hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and fuelling technologies were the focus today (29th March) at the Zero Emission Bus Technology & Transit Operation Conference, hosted by the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

With buses being the hot topic, New Flyer’s Xcelsior Charge H2 was a focus during the first annual conference. Kirk Burcar, Vice-President of Engineering at New Flyer, focused on the innovation which is transforming the market.

Xcelsior Charge H2 is a battery electric bus, but it uses hydrogen, a hydrogen fuel cell to charge the battery, thereby extending the range of the vehicle – a range extender. Explaining the technology, Burcar, said, “This provides a more immediate one to one replacement for conventional propulsion with faster refuelling time and less infrastructure planning and complexity than for battery EVs.”

Sharing history of the innovation, Burcar said that New Flyer’s fuel cell bus began in 1993 with prototype technology, followed by a 20-bus evaluation program for the 2010 Olympics, which helped lead to our current generation platform, the Xcelsior Charge H2.

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