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

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:07 pm
by GRA
OCTA board approves draft plan for conversion to 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040; testing fuel-cell and battery-electric ... -octa.html

. . . OCTA has already gradually transitioned its fleet over the years, from diesel-burning buses to clean-burning renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) buses with near-zero-emission engines. The state has set a requirement to transition to complete zero-emission transit within the next 20 years.

The plan is not a commitment to a specific type of technology at this point. OCTA is in the process of testing both hydrogenated fuel-cell electric buses and plug-in battery-electric buses to determine which technology best meets OCTA’s needs related to operations, maintenance and cost, among other things.

In April, the OCTA Board of Directors approved a request for quotes to purchase 10 plug-in battery-electric buses.

The pilot program for the battery-electric 40-foot buses comes following OCTA’s debut at the start of 2020 of 10 new hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses.

Those hydrogen fuel-cell buses began operating in January, when OCTA debuted its hydrogen fueling station in Santa Ana. In all, it represented a $22.9-million investment.

More than half of that funding—$12.5 million—came from 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, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Testing both hydrogen fuel-cell and plug-in battery-electric buses will allow OCTA to collect valuable data and to determine which technology—or the best mix of technologies—to pursue moving forward.

OCTA operates more than 500 buses in the regular OC Bus system across Orange County. For now, most of those buses run on compressed natural gas but OCTA is working toward the goal of producing zero emissions. . . .

The hydrogen fuel-cell buses continue to be tested on routes throughout Orange County. The plug-in battery-electric buses are expected to begin operation in Orange County in late 2021.

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

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:37 pm
by GRA
Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy sign joint development agreement for SOFC-powered ships ... 0-shi.html

. . . Our goal is to replace all existing main engines and generator engines with these highly efficient solid oxide fuel cells [SOFCs] to align with the International Maritime Organization’s 2030 and 2050 environmental targets.

—Haeki Jang, vice president of shipbuilding & drilling sales engineering at SHI. . . .

SHI and Bloom Energy are actively working towards the next milestone in this development with a target to present the design to potential customers in 2022. Following commercialization, the two companies anticipate that the market for Bloom Energy Servers on SHI ships could grow to 300 megawatts annually. . .

The joint development agreement between SHI and Bloom Energy follows an Approval in Principle for fuel cell-powered Aframax crude oil tankers from DNV GL, the internationally accredited marine shipping registrar and classification society, announced in September 2019. The next class of ship to be submitted for design approval is the LNG carrier.

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

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:08 pm
by GRA
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Hyundai ships 10 XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck to Europe for commercial use ... cient.html

. . .The company plans to ship a total of 50 XCIENT Fuel Cells to Switzerland this year, with handover to commercial fleet customers starting in September. Hyundai plans to roll out a total of 1,600 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks by 2025.

XCIENT is powered by a 190-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with dual 95-kW fuel cell stacks. Seven large hydrogen tanks offer a combined storage capacity of around 32.09 kg of hydrogen. The driving range per charge for XCIENT Fuel Cell is about 400km, which was developed with a balance between the specific requirements from the potential commercial fleet customers and the charging infrastructure in Switzerland. Refueling time for each truck takes approximately 8~20 minutes. . . .

Hyundai Motor is developing a long-distance tractor unit capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers on a single charge equipped with an enhanced fuel cell system with high durability and power, aimed at global markets including North America and Europe.

In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company formed Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy, which will lease the trucks to commercial truck operators on a pay-per-use basis, meaning there is no initial investment for the commercial fleet customers.

Hyundai chose Switzerland as the starting point for its business venture for various reasons. One of the reasons is the Swiss LSVA road tax on commercial vehicles, which does not apply for zero-emission trucks. That nearly equalizes the hauling costs per kilometer of the fuel cell truck compared to a regular diesel truck.

Hyundai’s business case involves using purely clean hydrogen generated from hydropower. To reduce carbon emissions, all of the trucks need to run on only green hydrogen. . . .

Ballard receives $7.7M MEA order from Synergy JV in China ... llard.html

. . . Ballard’s leading fuel cell technology is currently powering over 650 Fuel Cell Electric Buses and more than 2,200 fuel cell trucks in China, representing key market share at this early stage of market development. This follow-on order from the Synergy-Ballard joint venture is an important indicator of the continued progress and market demand for Ballard fuel cell technology in heavy- and medium-duty motive applications in China, including buses and commercial trucks.

We expect to see high adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles in China as the national and provincial governments increasingly prioritize the decarbonization of mobility with zero-emission solutions. Where vehicle use cases require extended range and rapid refueling, we believe Ballard fuel cell technology will offer a compelling value proposition, including high reliability and durability along with competitive total-cost-of-ownership.

—Alfred Wong, Ballard Managing Director – Asia Pacific

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

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:29 pm
by GRA
Dr. Richard Group testing Solaris hydrogen bus ... ichar.html

The hydrogen bus Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen is being tested again in Austria. After successful test runs in Vienna in June, the bus was handed over to the Dr. Richard Group, the largest private bus operator in Austria, which presented the vehicle in St. Pölten on 7 July 2020.

"The Dr. Richard Group has been dealing with emission-free mobility for a few years now. Over the course of numerous tests of battery buses we were able to gain a valuable insight into their practical operation and implementation. Now, for the first time ever, we have a chance to test a hydrogen-powered Solaris bus. The longer the distances to be covered and the heavier the vehicle itself, the more important this type of driveline is becoming, also in terms of resources needed to refuel. The relatively high costs still remain a barrier to a large-scale implementation of this particularly environment-friendly technology, but we look forward to the test which constitutes a significant milestone on our path to green mobility."

—Dr. Ludwig Richard, owner and president of the Dr. Richard Group. . . .

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

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:01 am
by GRA
PowerCell in EU project to develop and operate a refuse truck with fuel cells ... rcell.html

PowerCell Sweden AB will participate in an EU project that will develop and operate a refuse truck with fuel cells for Renova AB, western Sweden’s leading environmental enterprise within recycling and waste management. Renova’s end customer, the City of Gothenburg, wants to increase testing of fuel-cell-powered refuse trucks.

The truck and its operation will be partly funded by the EU project REVIVE which has an objective to accelerate the development of hydrogen-fueled refuse trucks in Europe.

REVIVE will place 15 fuel cell refuse vehicles to be tested in 8 different cities or regions in Europe: Breda, Helmond, Amsterdam, and Groningen (the Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Bolzano and Merano (in South Tyrol, Italy) and Gothenburg (Sweden). . . .

Hydrogen fuel cell trucks have a comparable driving range, refueling time and payload capacity to diesel-powered trucks while producing less noise and emitting only water vapor—welcome advantages for refuse trucks operating in residential areas with early morning collection times. . . .

Somewhat surprising to me that they wouldn't use a BEV for this, but Sweden's cold and apparently there's lots of power being used by hydraulics. They may also plan to get H2 from waste processing, so that may explain it.

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

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:08 pm
by GRA
TR Group & Hiringa partner to introduce heavy fuel cell electric trucks into NZ ... 14-tr.html

. . . The companies will offer fuel-inclusive lease packages that offer greater flexibility to heavy vehicle operators and companies looking to decarbonize their supply chain. The vehicles will be offered in several configurations and weight classes including over 50t combined mass and 6x4 and 8x4 drivetrains. The first vehicles are expected to be available in 2021.

When fuel cell vehicles are powered by green hydrogen, they provide a sustainable zero emission transport solution. They can provide a viable alternative to diesel trucks and vehicles that have high uptime requirements, travel longer distances or carry heavy payloads. . . .

Hiringa’s refueling network, expected to begin operations in the first half of 2021, will provide coverage of the major freight routes in the North and South Islands.

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

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:34 pm
by GRA
Phoenix Motorcars deploys electric cargo truck to service family-owned business in Sacramento ... oenix.html

. . .Built on the popular Ford E-450 chassis with a Rockport Commercial Trucks body, the electric box truck is equipped with custom shelving to suit the specific needs of the customer. The truck is equipped with a 105 kWh battery pack offering up to 110 mile range and can be charged up in about 3 hrs with a 50 kW Level III charger. . . .

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

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:29 pm
by GRA
Fuel cell electric vehicles powered by Ballard have driven more than 50M km; 70% in China ... llard.html

. . . Ballard PEM fuel cell technology and products—with the 8th generation power module launched in 2019—have been integrated for many years into FCEVs to provide zero-emission power for vehicle propulsion in 15 countries around the world. This includes approximately 1,000 Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs) and 2,200 commercial trucks. . . .

Some of the FCEBs that operated over 8-years in the field exceeded 38,000 hours of revenue service with no major fuel cell maintenance requirements.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:46 pm
by GRA
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Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks moving to Rotterdam and The Hague ... ctros.html

After about a year of intensive practical use by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland, eight of the purely battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks are now successively going to new customers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. They also will put the eActros through its paces in tough everyday transport operations for about a year. Two vehicles will continue the operational testing with customers in the first test phase. . . .

One of the many findings gained during the practical tests in the first test phase is that the range of the eActros of approximately 200 kilometers has proven to be absolutely realistic, regardless of load, route or topography. . . .

Lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh supply the energy for the eActros. Depending on the available charging power, the batteries can be fully charged within two hours (at 150 kW).

The development and testing of heavy-duty electric trucks in distribution transport is receiving support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), as part of the Concept ELV² project.

Tesla X is OCTA’s first all-electric vanpool vehicle ... -octa.html

The Orange County (CA)
Transportation Authority (OCTA) has a Tesla Model X SUV as its first all-electric vehicle in the OCTA Vanpool program. The Tesla X is provided by Green Commuter, one of three vanpool companies contracted by OCTA to provide vehicles to commuters in Orange County to help them share the ride as they travel to work.

The all-electric vanpool vehicle is being used by five employees who work in Seal Beach at the Naval Weapons Station. They commute approximately 140 miles roundtrip each day from near Murrieta in southern Riverside County. . . .

The overall number of vanpools currently running in Orange County is down sharply from approximately 470 operating prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when many employees began working remotely. . . .

This year, OCTA has taken several steps in the continued effort toward zero-emission technology. In January, OCTA introduced a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses and debuted the nation’s largest hydrogen fueling station at its Santa Ana Bus Base.

In April, the OCTA board approved a pilot program for 10 plug-in battery-electric buses, scheduled to begin operating in late 2021.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:09 pm
by GRA
Nikola receive order for 2,500 battery-electric waste trucks from Republic Services; fully integrated chassis and body from Nikola ... ikola.html

Nikola Corporation announced a minimum order of 2,500 electric refuse trucks from Republic Services, expandable up to 5,000. This order is to begin full production deliveries in 2023 with on-road testing likely to begin in early 2022. The refuse trucks are anticipated to carry up to an industry-leading 720 kWh of energy storage. . . .

The powertrain software will be limited to 1,000 HP and is expected to outperform current diesel and natural gas competitors. The new platform can give refuse trucks nearly three-times the HP of natural gas and diesel options, giving operators the ability to go up hills with full loads without issue.

The electric platform is expected to offer up to 150 miles of range and 1,200 cans on a single charge. . . .