US Hybrid To Deliver H2 Ride Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus To Hawaii Mass Transit


Recently, The Hawaii Center of Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) awarded US Hybrid a contract to create the “H2Ride” Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus.

How it works.

How it works.

The County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency bus service will be using this fuel cell plug-in shuttle bus for the big island of Hawaii.

This fuel cell shuttle bus will seat 25 passengers and is equipped with a 20kg hydrogen storage system and a 30kW fuel cell. Both the fuel cell and the 28 kWh lithium ion batteries will power many things like the 200 kW powertrain, air conditioning and auxiliary systems.

As you would typically find on many other plug-in hybrids and EVs, the batteries are recharged via regenerative braking and by plugging in (which is not typically true of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles).

Many individuals are showing interest and passion for this project.

US Hybrid’s President & CEO, Dr. Abas Goodarzi stated:

“At this critical time in energy advancement, we are honored to have our hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology selected by HNEI, the Hawaii County MTA and HCATT to lead the way for the adoption of zero emission mass transportation throughout the State of Hawaii.”

Neil Abercrombie, The Hawaii Governor added:

“I am proud of the state’s leadership role in providing the funding to introduce the first hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in support of public transportation in Hawaii. My vision is to leverage opportunities like this to introduce clean energy transportation services that utilize our own renewable energy resources to the benefit of our local economy, while helping the people of Hawaii get where they need to go.”

Billy Kenoi, Hawaii Island Mayor announced:

“This new fuel cell electric bus is the first tangible step in realizing our vision of transforming the County of Hawaii public bus system into one that is powered by our island’s incredible renewable energy resources. Instead of exporting our citizen’s hard-earned dollars offshore, we will be able to keep this money in our local economy creating new jobs and protecting us from the swings of the fossil fuel markets. We would also like to thank the Governor for investing in this project and allowing us to lead the way for the rest of the State of Hawaii.”

Stan Osserman, The HCATT Director also shows his support by stating:

“This project demonstrates that Hawaii takes its role in leading the U.S. in clean transportation technology very seriously. We’ve already established ourselves as industry leaders with Department of Defense projects related to alternative fuel vehicles, and we are moving forward to make our counties and the state leaders in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.”

Lastly, The HNEI’s Director, Dr. Richard Rocheleau expressed:

“We look forward to evaluating the performance of this system and helping to develop ways to reduce the cost of the hydrogen infrastructure to the point where private industry can lead future hydrogen development.”

We should expect to see the “H2Ride” Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus hit the road in early 2015.

Source: US Hybrid.

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11 Comments on "US Hybrid To Deliver H2 Ride Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus To Hawaii Mass Transit"

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I don’t understand those specs at all.
With a 28kwh battery pack and a 30kw fuel cell stack that bus doesn’t sound as though it will go anywhere much.

The Aberdeen hydrogen buses have a 150kw fc stack, which is more like it.
The battery size is not specified, but all fuel cell systems are buffered.

30 kW sounds enough to recharge during city operation. Obviously, it’s not a bus for highway driving.

Yes, recharge using that 30 kW FC stack consuming all that plentiful hydrogen sourced from that cheap Hawaiian natural gas.

Is there any place that hydrogen combined with a plug-in hybrid makes less sense than in Hawaii, which has zero domestic natural gas to produce hydrogen from and must burn all-imported oil to make most of its electricity?

Edit – I stand corrected. Hawaii’s leadership is brilliant. When you read between the lines, what this announcement really says is they are proud they were very successful in tapping a gold mine of federal tax dollars to divert to their local economy, buy a cool technology and get a little extra public transportation out of the deal, mostly through creative application of energy-efficiency smoke and mirrors. I commend Hawaii’s leadership in this fine endeavor. They truly understand their mission and execute well.


‘A 2010 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed that Hawaii has the potential to install 3,000 MW of wind power, capable of generating 12,000 million kWh/year.[1] Hawaii used 9,962 million kWh in 2011, so Hawaii has the potential to generate all energy used in the state from wind and solar power,[2] with 15,000 million kWh/year from concentrated solar power plants. In addition, Hawaii has the potential to generate 2,800,000 million kWh/year from offshore wind power.[3]’

The problem with wind is that it comes in big lumps, with windy days many times more than calmer days.

That means to use it you have to store it somehow, and can’t just put it into batteries.

That is why Germany is going for wind to hydrogen, and presumably what they are thinking of for Hawaii.

Having power after storage losses is better than having to chuck it away.

Neither is a 28kwh battery pack on something the size of a bus.
30kw for a fuel cell is enough to provide cruising power for a car, but not AFAIK for a bus.

Since presumably that spec works this should be one heck of a capital saving over either a battery bus, or a straight fuel cell bus, as you save around 300kwh of batteries for the former and 120 wh of fuel stack for the latter.

It is not as simple as that of course, as the battery has to be specced to cycle more, which normally costs money and so on.

I’m just surprised that this is enough power, although we don’t know how often it is planned to plug it in, and what the route schedule is,

Yeah, 30kW is not enough to move a bus like this on the highway (unless it goes extremely slow with the hazard lights on). Maybe Hawaii doesn’t have much highways?

There’s Hydrogen infrastructure in Hawaii?

For a one shuttle bus technology demonstration project, I’m sure they could wrangle more grants for a solar powered electrolyzer.