BAE Systems provides electric drive systems, first hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet in Rochester

Gen3 power management technology will deliver reliable, zero-emission operations

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ENDICOTT, N.Y., March 27, 2023 — 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, New York, 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 the 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.

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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.

“We are proud to accelerate Rochester’s clean energy goals with turnkey hydrogen solutions using technology made right here in New York,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our Gen3 system will deliver highly efficient and sustainable transportation operations through advanced clean hydrogen innovation.”

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.

BAE Systems has been at the forefront of commercializing hydrogen fuel cell technology since first integrating fuel cell-powered buses in 1998. Building on 25 years of innovation and proven technology, the company has more than 15,000 propulsion systems in service on transit buses around the globe.

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

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