ElDorado National Axess BRT

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ElDorado National Axess BRT
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Years of manufacture 2010 to present
Length 35 and 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/fuel Diesel,
Diesel-electric hybrid,
Natural gas,
Hydrogen fuel cell

The ElDorado National Axess BRT is the BRT-styled version of the Axess. It was introduced in 2010, and first trialed with Pace in suburban Chicago. The Axess BRT features a similar front end to the E-Z Rider II BRT, but with a different headlight configuration. The E-Z Rider II BRT and the Axess BRT share the same rear design and are both available with flush-mounted windows.[1]

Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, CALSTART, California Air Resource Board, and California South Coast Air Quality Management District, ElDorado developed a hydrogen fuel cell powered version with BAE Systems for SunLine Transit Agency. Ballard Power Systems supplied their FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell which works in conjunction with BAE's Systems' HybriDrive propulsion system.[2] The Axess FC was unveiled on November 15, 2011.[3] The University of California, Irvine took delivery of an Axess FC in 2015.[4] The following year, the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority and Orange County Transportation Authority took delivery of their first Axess FC as well.[5][6]


Length: 35' or 40'
Width: 102"
Wheelbase: 215" or 275"
Engine Emissions
Cummins ISL9 8.9L, 280 hp EPA 2010 & 2013
Cummins ISL G 8.9L, 280 hp (CNG) EPA 2010 & 2013
Cummins L9 8.9L, 280 hp EPA 2017
Cummins Westport L9N 8.9L, 280 hp (CNG) EPA 2017
Allison B400R
Full air


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Demonstrator/engineering units

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
2010 2010
  • 40' built to Pace specifications
  • Displayed at Omaha Metro garage July 2010
  • Later tested with Pace
08/2013 1N9APACL6EC084066 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • Pace 6395.
  • 2014 model.
  • Altoona test bus from October 8, 2013 to March 12, 2014.
12/2013 1N9APALG7EC084211 Cummins ISL G Allison B400R
  • 2014 model.
  • Altoona test bus from March 27, 2014 to September 10, 2014.