BAE Systems To Provide Electric Drive Systems For First Fleet Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses In Rochester, NY

BAE Systems, a leader in heavy-duty electric propulsion, will supply its next-generation electric power and propulsion systems for three hydrogen fuel cell buses in Rochester, NY, allowing them to run free of emissions. The company will provide its Gen3 electric drive system for ElDorado National (California)’s Axess® EVO-FC hydrogen fuel cell bus. This technology will advance Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint and transitioning to a zero-emission fleet.

The order is funded by Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Grant Program, which aims to support the transition to low- and zero-emission public transit fleets. It is also the first hydrogen fuel cell bus order to benefit from BAE Systems’ Gen3 electric drive system.

BAE Systems’ electric propulsion system is integrated with a 125kW Progen hydrogen fuel cell engine from Plug Power to deliver a comprehensive, efficient, and reliable emission-free solution. Plug will also provide fueling infrastructure to support the project. BAE Systems and Plug’s collaboration enables turnkey hydrogen solutions for transit agencies looking to deploy fuel cell electric buses.

The Gen3 Series-H system includes an electric motor, energy storage system, and modular power electronics to create a clean mode of transportation for the buses. BAE Systems’ latest technology uses advanced materials with lightweight, compact components to increase electrical efficiency for extended drive range. Its flexible design allows for a simplified approach to system integration for best-in-class vehicle power and performance.

The Gen3 systems will be produced at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Endicott, NY, which support more than 1,300 high-tech jobs in the state.

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