First hybrid vans rolled out in California

The first of 15 clean fuel cell hybrid electric walk-in delivery vans are now operating across Ontario, California, according to the Center of Transportation and the Environment (CTE).

CTE coordinated the technology development and deployment in partnership with Accelera by Cummins, Unique Electric Solutions (UES), and the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics (CEM).

A combination of federal, state, and private funds provided by US Department of Energy (DOE), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), California Energy Commission (CEC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and SoCalGas supported the development of this vehicle with the primary objective to enhance the range capabilities of hydrogen medium-duty trucks, thereby bolstering their commercial feasibility.

This project is part of two significant public initiatives; it is integral to the efforts of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office to expedite the advancement and implementation of  on-board fuel cell hybrid-powered Class 3-6 medium-duty electric trucks (MD eTrucks); and part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

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