Revisiting CTAs Hydrogen Buses
The field tests of the fuel cell buses at the
Chicago [Illinois, U.S.A.] Transit Authority are yielding some valuable
information for the next phase of development. The refueling process has
been simplified, allowing buses to be filled more quickly. Drivers have
reportedly enjoyed the performance and the acceleration of the vehicles.
Mechanics have been adapting well to the new technology with the help of
extensive training and detailed manuals.
The only major change that has been implemented
since the buses started running was to change from a fan to a water cooling
system for auxiliary motors to maintain the temperature in response to the
hot Chicago summers. One of the buses required minor repairs after a mild
fender-bender in the garage. All other systems have been running
exceptionally well and routes have been serviced without delays.
[See previous stories from Winter 1998 and
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