Jul 9, 2008

Hy-Drive Technology flops transit test

Karem Allen on her blog Transit Nightmares, made a post on May 19, 2008 about Fuel cost increases. She was wonder about the results of test by Mississauga Transit using Hy-Drive to reduce fuel consumption and increase mileage.

Hy-Drive Technology, was the company that was going to test their product on Mississauga Transit buses. It had been claimed that hydrogen fuel-injection technology would reduce emissions and lower operating costs.

I also had made a posting about this test on June 9, 2007. I had forgotten all about this new technology until I read Karem's post. I decide to do a follow up. I sent out a request for information to the City of Mississauga’s Customer Service and received one reply about the Hy-Drive testing.

Oakville Transit had also started a test of the Hy Drive system. We decided to wait to see Oakville's results. They provided information that did not indicate positive results from their evaluation. Based on this information we decided not to proceed with any testing of this product.
Oakville-HyDrive- 003It turned out that Oakville had three 2005 New Flyer D40LF buses retrofitted with Hy-Drive Technologies, for Hydrogen Clean Air Testing.

That is about all I am able to find out about the Hy-Drive test. An anonymous comment appeared on my blog and said there was a scathing report from Oakville Transit, to the City council, that stated, unequivocally, that the Hy-Drive units provided absolutely no benefit.

If you are able to supply more info, please leave a comment below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,
I believe your information on the Hy-drive cancellation is incorrect.
Hy-drive has a new CEO and when he joined Hy-drive in January he stated he was going to stop bus testing as thier focus is class 8 long haul trucks.