New Flyer has ordered high-pressure hydrogen tanks from Hexagon Composites to be used on 25 of its groundbreaking Xcelsior® hydrogen fuel cell transit buses. The tanks have been already delivered and the hydrogen-powered vehicles, which will operate in the state of California, are currently being manufactured at New Flyer’s facility in Anniston, Alabama.
“New Flyer and Hexagon have been breaking new ground in alternative fuel use since 1993,” said Rick Rashilla, Senior Vice President of Hydrogen Automotive for Hexagon Composites Group. “Pressure containment technology is the foundation of our company. We are pleased to combine the attributes of our current hydrogen tanks with the successful reliability of the compressed natural gas tanks used by New Flyer today.”
The new hydrogen tanks, which rely upon Hexagon’s internally developed technology, will be used to store compressed zero-emission hydrogen gas as an alternative to diesel fuel. The high-pressure tanks have successfully completed requirements for North American and European standards.
“The adoption of fuel cell technology is a natural progression for us, and fuel cell buses are an essential technology for driving the future of public transit in North America,” said Rod Neustaedter, Vice President of Supply Management at New Flyer. “As communities increasingly adopt zero-emission, sustainable transportation, New Flyer will proudly support healthier cities with fuel cell transit buses with hydrogen from Hexagon.”
Source: Hexagon Composites