US Hybrid Corp., a supplier of medium- and heavy-duty electric and hybrid powertrain power conversion components, has inked a licensing agreement with United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to commercialize UTC's proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel-cell technologies.
‘The execution of this agreement is a game changer for US Hybrid and the commercial fuel cell vehicle industry,’ says Dr. Abas Goodarzi, the company's president and CEO. ‘This proven PEM fuel cell technology has accumulated millions of miles of revenue transit service with no cell stack failures to date. US Hybrid is committed to improving upon this technology to manufacture a commercially viable, integrated fuel cell power system.’
In August 2013, US Hybrid was selected to continue UTC's contract under the FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, through which the company will build and test fuel cells for use in transit buses. US Hybrid will complete the development, fabrication and validation of the fuel cells at its facilities in South Windsor, Conn.