Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Council forms to promote zero-emission transport
By Julian Buckley19 January 2022
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) Bus Council has been formed with the purpose of advancing the HFC bus economy in the United States.
The council is made of up of a coalition of public transport agencies, manufacturers and suppliers working together to advance the US hydrogen fuel cell electric bus economy and its applications in public transport.
The council’s mission is to inform policymakers, regulators and transportation stakeholders as to the benefits of HFC electric buses and related infrastructure.
NFI Group is a founding member of the council. Paul Soubry, president and CEO, commented: “Fuel cell technology is a proven path to extended-range zero-emission mobility, and we are on the cusp accelerating its deployment and delivering immediate greenhouse gas reduction, cleaner air, and quiet transportation.”
NFI currently offers the New Flyer Xcelsior Charge H2 fuel cell electric bus in North America, a battery-electric vehicle using compressed hydrogen as an energy source and range extender. The bus can save between 85 to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions compared to a diesel bus.
In the UK and Ireland, NFI is marketing the Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro400FCEV, the company’s double decker hydrogen bus. Using a Ballard fuel cell, the bus has a zero-emission range of up to 300 miles.
Founding members of the HFC Bus Council include: MTD, SunLine Transit Agency, Foothill Transit, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Utah Transit Authority, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (“IndyGo”), Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”), Intercity Transit, Sangamon Mass Transit District, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, ENC, Hexagon Purus, Trillium Energy Solutions, Ivys Energy Solutions, Ballard, and Nel Hydrogen.