Case Study: Ricardo Strategic Consulting monitored pilot deployments of fuel cell buses, on-site H2 generation, and refuelling stations

Case Study: Ricardo Strategic Consulting monitored pilot deployments of fuel cell buses, on-site H2 generation, and refuelling stations

Challenge

State of California has funded demonstration and pilot deployment of zero emission technologies in commercial vehicle applications to stimulate the market and accelerate transition to low and zero emission transportation. Monitoring the performance of such pilot projects and performing real-world data driven analysis is key to improving technology readiness and commercialization potential for wider adoption in commercial fleets. Ricardo is monitoring 150 zero-emission and conventional MD/HD commercial vehicles across 7 demo/pilot projects, including hydrogen buses and refueling infrastructure.

Approach

  • Defined data collection methodologies and identified the list of data fields to be collected from vehicles and infrastructure
  • Vehicles were installed with data logging devices to collect and transmit data in real-time to a cloud server
  • Operational data were collected from facilities to identify maintenance and repair events, usage and fueling.
  • A robust analytics plan was developed to process large datasets and gain insights on duty cycle, performance, costs, etc.
  • Industry stakeholder interviews were conducted to identify operational issues and lessons learnt

Recommendation 

  • Economic viability in fleet applications
  • Technology’s ability to meet operational requirements of commercial fleets
  • Commercialization potential for wider adoption in the industry and potential for 1:1 replacement of conventional fuel powered vehicles
 

Results

Performance assessment in real-world fleet operations and detailed understanding of duty cycle, usage, fuel economy, maintenance, repairs, downtime and lessons learnt based on large volumes of data collected over several months.