Fuel Cell technology works and is being used right now in many large cities running their bus fleets and yet there is still more research that needs to be done. The Fuel Cell Buses are getting more powerful, more reliable and have a much longer range then before.
In studying the efforts of SunLine Bus, a company in Palm Desert, CA we can see how far Fuel Cell Technology has come. SunLine has regular bus service using these Hydrogren Cell Buses and has been running them for a number of years. They work very well and the citizens like the idea of riding around in a bus, which does not pollute.
Proof of concept is completed and it only takes will to see Fuel Cells come to fruition in the Trucking Industry as well. The data shows some spectacular accomplishes in uptime and maintenance making it a viable option.
SunLine Bus is on the leading edge in implementing these technologies and testing them in the real world and they have been working on this project for a decade. With each upgrade and rendition they are improving performance and reliability. Typically a fuel cell bus can go about 80 miles per hour which is much more than they ever really need to go.
SunLine is up-grading battery packs to run Li-ion battery packs to replace the PbA battery packs. They are also upgrading with more pressure from 3,600 to 5,000 psi in the Hydrogen Storage Tanks. Their fuel cells are being replaced with a new innovative design – the 75 kW Ballard Fuel Cell System which also comes with an extended warranty of 12,000 hours of use or 5 years.
Those who ride on Fuel Cell Buses have only positive things to say about them, they are quiet, powerful and no smoke. Everyone likes them and best of all these buses are decreasing America's dependence on Middle Eastern Foreign Oil makes our nation safer, stronger and cleaner.