ZERO EMISSION BUSES
In many cities air quality concerns mean that there is strong pressure on public transport to move to zero emissions. Single deck fuel cell and hydrogen buses are already operating successfully in many cities including London, and more are arriving across Europe, the US, China and Japan. As the fuel cell and hydrogen combination deliver greater range by weight than batteries, operators can have a zero emission solution that does the full operational day without loss of passenger carrying capacity.
HYBRID POWER TRAINS FOR NEW BUSES
Arcola Energy is developing complete hybrid power trains for buses, to provide manufacturers with complete system supply and integration for new zero emission buses. We are currently working with leading UK manufacturer Alexander Dennis so that they are able to build buses that meet customer requirements in the UK, US and Far East.
Working with leading battery and power train research institution Warwick Manufacturing Group and ADL we have completed a project to build a prototype hydrogen fuel cell range extended double deck bus – part-funded by the Niche Vehicle Network. As a follow on from this project the consortium has obtained further funding from InnovateUK and OLEV to deliver the worlds first fully integrated HFC double deck bus.
Arcola’s strategy and ambition is to be a Tier 1 supplier of integrated and optimsed fuel cell electric power trains to the bus industry.
FUEL CELL INTEGRATION FOR BUS RE-POWERING
Arcola is also working with electric bus conversion specialist MAGTEC to supply fuel cell and hydrogen range extender for their EV system that can repower a diesel bus to make it zero emissions. Project ZEBRA – Zero Emission Bus by RAnge extension – will deliver a zero emission double deck bus to be trialed in London.