ElDorado National-California (ENC), a subsidiary of REV Group, recently held an open house to present its new Axess FC, a fuel cell electric bus and the first 12-year/500,000-mile Altoona-tested fuel cell bus, according to the company.
All of ENC’s buses are crafted in a 227,000-square-foot production facility in Riverside, Calif. More than 70 guests attended the presentation, including transit agencies and representatives from the California Air Resources Board and South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The latest Axess FC, which is a battery-dominant fuel cell bus, offers a range beyond 300 miles. Over a 12-year period, each zero-emission bus can eliminate 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide, 10 tons of nitrogen oxide and 350 pounds of diesel particulate matter, the manufacturer says.
“We’re working hard to design and innovate to provide the safest environment for our passengers,” states Mike Ammann, vice president of sales for ENC. “With the most robust 304-grade stainless steel structure on the market, composite exterior bodywork, true electric power, zero tailpipe emission, 10- to 15-minute fuel fill and versatile route deployment, our Axess-FC is a breakthrough in sustainable transportation.”
ENC, which has been working on fuel cell technology for over 10 years, delivered its first fuel cell bus in 2014.