China’s leading electric vehicle maker BYD has teamed up with US Hybrid Corporation to develop a hydrogen (H2) fuel cell battery-electric bus.
The first-of-its-kind bus will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the US with more than 21 million passengers per year.
It is being developed as part of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) to meet sustainable energy objectives of decreasing dependency on imported oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative is a central component of the state’s goal to be powered 100% by renewable energy by 2045.
Robert’s Hawaii, the state’s largest employee-owned tour and transportation company, will serve as the bus operator, shuttling passengers between the airport’s terminal and car rental facility. The bus will utilise BYD’s battery-electric platform, integrating H2 fuel cell technology to eliminate operational dependency on charging.
“We are ecstatic to partner with US Hybrid. Together, we can bring innovative ideas to the state of Hawaii and deliver clean, renewable transportation solutions,” stated Macy Neshati, Senior Vice-President of BYD Heavy Industries.
Hawaii is positioned as a global powerhouse for the advancement of H2 and other alternative fuels. The Federal Highway Administration has designated multiple alternative fuel corridors with electric vehicle chargers or H2 fuel stations. Additionally, as part of an agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, the U.S. Air Force has been demonstrating H2 as an alternative fuel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
“With the state aggressively pursuing clean power, we have an ideal backdrop to showcase the most efficient zero emission technology in the industry. The fusion of US Hybrid’s fuel cell technology and BYD’s electric bus platform will shape the future of Hawaii and ultimately, change the world,” said US Hybrid founder, Dr. Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D., P.E.