BYD Readies Fuel Cell Bus For Deployment In Hawaii

JUN 5 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

A hydrogen fuel cell range-extended electric bus is to be developed for Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States.

The vehicle is developed by BYD and US Hybrid Corporation for Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) project.

We are a little surprised to see BYD involved in the FCV project, as Chinese company is known for its long-range all-electric buses with very big battery packs.

Read Also – There Are 6,500 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Worldwide (Half In California)

In Hawaii, hydrogen is considered one for solution for the future:

“Robert’s Hawaii, the state’s largest employee-owned tour and transportation company, will serve as the bus operator, shuttling passengers between the airport’s terminal and car rental facility.

Hawaii is positioned as a global center for the advancement of hydrogen and other alternative fuels. The Federal Highway Administration has designated multiple alternative fuel corridors with electric vehicle chargers or hydrogen fuel stations.

Additionally, as part of an agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, the U.S. Air Force has been demonstrating hydrogen as an alternative fuel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.”

Source: Green Car Congress

Categories: Bus, BYD


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14 Comments on "BYD Readies Fuel Cell Bus For Deployment In Hawaii"

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H2 has to be shipped in, having been cracked from CH4. It wastes 80% of energy versus just charging a battery. (95% for HI, given shipping as I said.) All Hawaiian routes can be served by the lowest range e-bus offerings. The stupid hurts.

Source for your claims?

Anderlan said that hydrogen wastes 80% of the energy. That seems quite high to me. Asking for source gets me overwhelmingly downvoted?!

I have a small hydrogen generator at home in my small lab. Nothing special about it. And I run it with energy from solar cells on the roof. Not enough to run a vehicle very long (I don’t drive far at the moment- so I could cover my needs if I had a hydrogen fuel cell car, and a compressor etc), but works for my torch, and other equipment. Being able to cover my needs, and never fun out is nice. It is possible to use some sun/wind energy to make hydrogen on a more commercial scale too. In Denmark, I’ve seen they use surplus energy from wind generators (insted of turning them off, when wind energy production is too high. That was just for testing, but enough to run a tractor and some farm equipment. Every time stuff needs convertion, there will be loss. How much, depends on equipment used. If you can use electricity directly, it is an advantage. But if you have a clean energy source, and maybe some surplus too, I see nothing wrong about it. I think there are room for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the future too. Without any facts to back my… Read more »

Not just for testing in Denmark- you can drive throughout the nation on 100% green hydrogen – the company that built the stations is Nel Hydrogen – the company that is supplying hydrogen stations to Nikola Motors for their trucks. (nel hydrogen dot com)

China has prioritized fuel cell tech (this will be shocking to all those who were convinced the tech was dead) and they will drop the prices of all related equipment by huge factors. It’s part of “Made in China 2025” – the government plan. Fuel cells + batteries are the future.

The solar panels on the top of the Oahu Toyota dealer’s building will be supplying the electricity to make hydrogen at that location. Where did you get the idea that Hawaii can’t make hydrogen? That’s the great thing about H2- there will never be a monopoly because anyone with water and electricity can make it. Hawaii has lots of sun- that = green hydrogen. The latest from China- battery only cars are “a dead end”.

Renewable energy to make the hydrogen, fast fill without the weight.

With 3-5 times the energy needed, which could have been used to reduce 3-5 times the fossil fuel. Also with about the same proportion of added cost for running it.


Note: Using concentrated solar energy to preheat the feed stock (whether we are talking water or natural gas) you can get the electrical energy needs down to 2:1 but you still could twice the bang for the buck going directly electric.


Hawaii has a large amount of excess renewable energy that is not used and goes to waste. For example, Tesla’s Hawaii solar farm with battery storage is way oversized to account for cloudy days, and must throw out 33% of the electricity it produces on a sunny day.

Wouldn’t it be better and more efficient for Tesla to put that excess renewable electricity to use making hydrogen for fuel cell buses and cars, rather than just dumping it every single sunny day.

who’s another electric bus manufacturer I can root for instead of BYD now?


Sorry to burst your bubble Get Real, but Proterra also makes a hydrogen fuel cell bus.

All electric would be smarter and cheaper, allow more buses.