Van Hool A300L FC

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Van Hool A300L FC
Years of manufacture 2009 to 2010
Length 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid

The Van Hool A300L FC is a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid powered transit bus and the successor to the A330FC in North America. It was launched in October 2009 at the Busworld Kortrijk trade show where it won the Grand Environment Award.[1]

The A300L FC features the same floor and door layout as the A300L, but does not have an engine compartment in the middle on the left side. Instead, the drivetrain is located at the rear. An updated 120 kW PureMotiom particle exchange membrane fuel cell is used as the bus's primary source of power. The electricity generated powers two Siemens electric motors that drive through a combining gearbox at the rear. This is augmented by electricity stored in lithium batteries. Regenerative braking is used to charge the batteries. The A300L FC also features a more streamlined roof enclosure than the A330FC.

AC Transit began taking delivery of the first production A300L FC buses in the summer of 2010. An order for four buses was delivered to CT Transit in October 2010.

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References

  1. Van Hool's new hybrid electric bus with UTC Power fuel cell system wins award at Busworld Europe. Press release. United Technologies, 19 October 2009.