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Hydrogen power plus aluminium chassis bus launched

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Canadian hydrogen fuel cell developer and Loop Energy and Sydney bus manufacturer Aluminium Revolutionary Chassis Company (ARCC) have announced they will enter the burgeoning low emissions bus market.

ARRC will offer its Australian first lightweight bolted aluminium city bus chassis (main picture) mated with a pure electric or hydrogen fuel cell drive train.

ARCC Managing Director, Peter Murley said: “ARCC is proud to manufacture the only zero-emissions bus designed with a full-length aluminium chassis in Australia.

“We are excited to have Loop Energy’s eFlow technology play an important role in powering the Viking Hydrolight bus.”

Loop Energy and ARCC aim to unveil the first Fuel Cell bus at the Australia Bus & Coach Expo in October 2022.

Loop Energy’s T600 (60 kW) fuel cell module will be integrated into ARCC’s 12.5-metre Viking Hydrolight city bus model (pictured, below), which aims to be in service by 2023.

ARCC’s distinctive lightweight chassis uses an aluminium frame and is primarily bolted, with less than five percent weld parts.

Combined with the increased fuel efficiency of Loop Energy’s eFlow technology, the lighter bus weight will reduce fuel consumption while allowing for greater passenger capacity compared to other electric buses on the market.

ARCC currently has a hydrogen-electric bus participating in a New South Wales state government led trial.

Pictures: ARCC/Loop Energy

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