Energy Storage for Fuel Cell & Hybrid Electric Buses: Sodium Nickel Chloride Battery

The objective of this project is to design and develop a compact, lightweight and reliable energy storage for hybrid electric and fuel cell transit buses. The effort includes development, demonstration and evaluation of a 30-foot low-floor electric transit bus with an advanced sodium nickel chloride battery. This bus contains an electric propulsion system with components selected and system integration conducted to maximize safety, performance, reliability, maintainability and life-cycle cost. The Santa Barbara Electric Transportation Institute (SBETI) will conduct the design and engineering of a transit ready, hybrid-electric propulsion system. Specific focus will be on the selection of compatible components with the environmental and physical demands of transit service. Detailed design and engineering will be conducted including the development of engineering drawings to the point that will enable actual fabrication of the hybrid system upon available funding. Performance and life cycle cost projections will be calculated and evaluated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This is a Congressionally Directed Project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $389600.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Hsiung, Shang

  • Performing Organizations:

    Santa Barbara Electric Transportation Institute

    P.O. Box 957
    Santa Barbara, CA  United States  93102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Griffith, Paul

  • Start Date: 20020300
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20031000
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8730

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459021
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-CA-26-7027.01
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:55PM