I was surprised and pleased to see a very nice-looking bus on the university shuttle route, rather than the one I occasionally catch. I realized it was a hydrogen fuel cell hybrid electric bus, built by the UT Center for Electromechanics (CEM). It looked very cool!
I contacted CEM’s Bob Hebner and Michael Lewis about the bus, and the good news is that they will be bringing it along to the “Revenge of the Electric Car” screening event on campus next week that my electric vehicle center is hosting.
I asked Michael about the prospects for hydrogen vehicles. A limiting factor, he says, is fueling infrastructure. First adopters will be fleets and lift trucks in warehouses.
At The Electric Vehicle Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center, we are particularly concerned with the interaction of transportation and the electricity system. Michael agrees–a fuel cell vehicle similar to his bus, which could also be plugged in to charge up its batteries, would be a sensible development. Look out for more developments from CEM!