International Fuelcellbus Collaborative

NFCBP II: Birmingham

As part of the NFCBP, EVAmerica will build an advanced battery dominant fuel cell electric transit bus, which will be demonstrated in regular revenue service for two years by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA). Hydrogen fueling infrastructure will be installed by Air Liquide at the BJCTA maintenance facility. This demonstration program is managed by CTE and leverages FTA funding from both the NFCBP and prior funds for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The bus will be deployed with a different battery pack technology during the first and second years to give a side-by-side comparison of two different battery technologies in transit service.

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Project Details

Program NFCBP
Region North America
Country USA
State AL
City Birmingham
Transit Operator BJCTA
Sponsor(s) FTA
Fleet Size 1 Bus

Demonstration Status

This project leverages bus development work that was previously funded by the FTA in combination with new NFCBP II support. The rescoped project recommenced bus development in 2011.  The bus has since been delivered in April 2014 and remains in service.

Status Active
Bus Deployment Start Date Spring 2014
Bus Deployment End Date Summer 2016

Bus Details

Bus Manufacturer EVAmerica
Length m /32 ft
Curb Weight 11,520 kg / lbs
Passenger Count (Seats/Total) 25 / 51

Fuel Cell System

Manufacturer Ballard
Integrator EVAmerica
Architecture Battery Dominant Hybrid
Fuel Cell Model FCvelocity HD6
Rated Fuel Cell Power (kW) 75


Manufacturer Altairnano
Energy Storage Type Lithium titanate and lead-acid (separately)
Energy Storage (kWh) 54 (lithium titanate)

H2 Fueling Infrastructure

A tube trailer will supply the station with cascading high pressure storage. Infrastructure also includes an overnight bus charger.

H2 Provider

Air Liquide

Station 1 Details

H2 Source

BJCTA maintenance facilityOff-Site

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