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GE + A123 on "Battery-Dominant" Hybrid Fuel Cell Bus

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  • Felix Kramer
    This project is for a plug-in hybrid bus with the range extender fuel coming from hydrogen. We think in the coming years biofuels will have clear well-to-wheel
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 26, 2006
      This project is for a plug-in hybrid bus with the range extender fuel
      coming from hydrogen. We think in the coming years biofuels will have
      clear well-to-wheel CO2 and efficiency advantages over hydrogen --
      but it's a foot in the door for PHEVs that GE is talking about
      "battery-dominant" vehicles! (GE recently became an investor in A123
      Systems.) For more about A123, see our link in our report on the ARB
      ZevTech Symposium <http://www.calcars.org/calcars-news/539.html>.


      October 23, 2006 1
      GE Announces $13 Million Research Partnership to Develop a Battery
      Dominant, Zero Emissions Hybrid Fuel Cell Bus

      GE Researchers in Niskayuna to Design, Build and Demonstrate the Bus
      in New York; Proposed Fuel Cell Bus Expected to Have a 200-Mile
      Range, Improved Fuel Cell Life

      NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE (NYSE: GE) today announced a $13
      million research partnership with the Federal Transit Administration,
      Ballard Power Systems and A123 Systems to develop a lightweight,
      battery dominant zero emissions hybrid fuel cell bus. The research
      will be led by GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna, where
      researchers can leverage a long history in hybrid vehicles and
      expertise in battery chemistry.

      "Advancements in hybrid propulsion systems and battery chemistry
      offer tremendous promise for enabling cleaner, more affordable
      transportation alternatives that will reduce reliance on fossil fuels
      and promote a cleaner, healthier environment," said Mark Little,
      Senior Vice President and Director of GE Global Research. "At Global
      Research, we will be leveraging nearly three decades of experience in
      hybrid systems and battery chemistry research to help pave the way to

      "This project is another illustration of GE's commitment to drive and
      develop cleaner technology solutions in the marketplace through our
      company-wide ecomagination initiative," Little added.

      Launched in May 2005, ecomagination is GE's company-wide initiative
      to aggressively develop and bring to market new technologies that
      help our customers meet their most pressing environmental challenges.
      Under the initiative, GE has pledged to more than double its level of
      investment in the development of cleaner energy technologies, from
      $700 million to $1.5 billion during the next five years.

      Today's announcement was highlighted during a visit to the Research
      Center by U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton from New York, who met with GE
      research officials to discuss clean energy and toured the Center's
      alternative energy labs in wind and solar energy.

      Sen. Hillary Clinton said, "GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna
      is a tremendous asset for New York and the State's burgeoning Tech
      Valley corridor. GE researchers are at the center of many exciting
      projects to promote cleaner energy alternatives. The hybrid fuel cell
      bus project is a great example of the important work they are doing.
      The project also illustrates how government and companies like GE can
      effectively partner together on cutting edge technology research that
      has a positive impact on the world."

      It is expected that the hybrid fuel cell bus being designed and built
      will be completely emissions free, have a range of 200 miles with
      accessories operating, and an improved fuel cell life and cost. The
      focus of the research partnership will be to reduce fuel cell power
      requirements and improve energy storage technologies, which would
      help to increase the commercial viability of the technology.

      Hydrogen fuel cells and electric vehicles offer a viable solution for
      zero-emission transit bus operation. Both are in use today, but come
      with high expense, complex infrastructures, and range limitations.
      GE's research effort will be aimed at reducing these costs to
      affordable levels.

      Beyond the transit bus, the technologies developed under this project
      could be leveraged to support other clean energy priorities.
      Technology and techniques developed for the bus can be applied to
      uninterruptible power supplies, renewable energy production and many
      other applications. The energy storage components can further enable
      new products for emerging markets such as plug-in hybrid vehicles and
      electric grid management.

      The research partnership is part of $49 million in funding announced
      last week by U.S. Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson under
      its hydrogen fuel cell bus research and development program. GE
      Global Research, and its industrial partners, will contribute
      approximately half of the $13 million in funding for the project. The
      Federal Transit Administration, through the Northeast Advanced
      Vehicle Consortium, will fund the other half.

      About GE Global Research

      GE Global Research is one of the world's most diversified industrial
      research organizations, providing innovative technology for all of
      GE's businesses. Global Research has been the cornerstone of GE
      technology for more than 100 years, and is now focused on developing
      breakthrough innovations in areas such as molecular medicine, energy
      conversion, nanotechnology, advanced propulsion, and security
      technologies. GE Global Research is headquartered in Niskayuna, New
      York and has facilities in Bangalore, India, Shanghai, China, and
      Munich, Germany. Visit GE Global Research at www.ge.com/research.

      Media Relations:
      Todd Alhart, 518-387-7914

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      Felix Kramer fkramer@...
      Founder California Cars Initiative
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