Firms partner to bring new ZERO Emission transportation to Honolulu Airport (HNL)
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 2, 2018 – BYD (Build Your Dreams), the largest electric bus manufacturer in North America and the largest electric vehicle company in the world, has teamed with US Hybrid Corporation, a 20 year industry leader, to develop a hydrogen fuel cell battery-electric bus. This bus, the first of its kind, will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States with more than 21 million passengers per year.
The new bus 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 utilize BYD’s battery-electric platform, integrating hydrogen 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 hydrogen and other alternative fuels. The Federal Highway Administration has designated multiple alternative fuel corridors with electric vehicle chargers or hydrogen 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 hydrogen 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.
The bus is manufactured in Lancaster, California and fuel cell made in South Windsor, Connecticut.
The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and the overwhelming global leader in battery-electric buses with nearly 40,000 buses in service across North America, South America, Asia and Europe. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail, energy storage and solar power generation. BYD is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries. BYD is a publicly traded company with 60% of its stocks owned by U.S. investors. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.
About US Hybrid Corporation
US Hybrid Corporation designs and manufactures electric, fuel cell and hybrid powertrain systems for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks, municipality vehicles, metro, monorails and transit buses throughout the world, with millions of accumulated kilometers of operation. Notable recent deployment projects include fuel-cell buses for Sunline Transit, fuel-cell, battery and plug-in LNG powered class-8 drayage trucks for operation at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, fuel-cell street sweeper for Caltrans, hybrid street sweepers for the New York Department of Sanitation and a range of full cell vehicles (shuttle buses, step vans, military vehicles, port trucks) for Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. US Hybrid has had a design and production facility in Hawaii since 1999, with production facilities in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and JV in China.
Passantino Andersen Communications for BYD
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