MAGTEC TO LAUNCH FUEL CELL DOUBLE-DECKER
British-based electric driveline specialist Magtec has announced that it is to create what is believed to be the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-equipped double-decker.
The small fuel cell unit will act as a range extender in an existing bus that Magtec has converted to battery electric power, and will be able to provide a constant 10kW/h of energy to the batteries.
For the first practical experiments a 2008 Wrightbus Gemini HEV will be used. It’s original hybrid driveline has been replaced by a battery electric unit for in-service testing on the London route 308 with Tower Transit. Afterwards it will return to Magtec for addition of the range extender before further evaluation in the capital.
Two hydrogen tanks will be mounted above what was the engine bay. Initial response to Magtec’s hydrogen fuel cell range extender project from London bus r is positive. While still comparatively expensive, fuel cell technology is reliable and, unlike other range extension methods, completely emission-free at the point of use. Subject to scalability, it will also remove the ‘range anxiety’ of conventional electric buses.