Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Bus at Hickam Air Force Base.


The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) was first established in 1993 as the Hawaii Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project to represent the Hawaii Consortium in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Program. In 1999, it transitioned to the Department of Transportation's Advanced Vehicle Technology Program, and in 2001 it formed a partnership with the Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office and established the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu.

Managed by HTDC, HCATT has organized public/private partnerships between the federal government and private industry to develop advanced low emission and zero emission vehicles centered on electric drive technologies. Over the years, HCATT has been awarded more than $40 million in federal funds, which was matched by another $23 million from private partners. Some past major accomplishments include: a project initiated in 1999 to make Hawaii the first EV Ready State with rapid charging infrastructure; in 2001, the overall administrator of Hyundai Motor Company's "safe harbor test site" for a fleet of 15 NiMH battery-powered Hyundai Santa Fe electric sport utility vehicles; the development and introduction in 2004 of the first fuel cell powered vehicle, a 30-foot shuttle bus, to be demonstrated in Hawaii and the Air Force; in 2006, the development and installation of a modular/deployable hydrogen production and fueling station; and in 2009, the installation of a 146 kW photovoltaic array and five 10 kW vertical axis wind turbines to power the hydrogen station.

Additionally, HCATT has entered into a partnership with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to introduce zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell/battery powered hybrid electric buses into the park to support environmentally friendly tours for the millions of annual visitors to the park.