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GE Demonstrates Battery Dominant Fuel Cell Bus

GE researchers have been hard at work working in combining two types of batteries and fuel cells.

The researchers at GE Global Research, the General Electric Company’s technology development arm, have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of clean-fuel, zero-emission buses, with a vehicle powered by GE’s new Durathon sodium battery in tandem with a lithium battery and a hydrogen fuel cell.

This development of a new energy management system could, according to GE, help accelerate both fuel cell acceptance and electrification of bus fleets, delivery trucks and other larger, heavy-duty vehicle fleets enabling clean vehicle technologies.

In 2010, the GE team first successfully demonstrated a dual battery system on a zero tailpipe emissions hybrid transit bus by pairing a high-energy density sodium battery with a high-power lithium battery.

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