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ISE Limited

March 05, 2010 08:01 ET

ISE's Environmentally Friendly Hybrid-Electric Fuel Cell Bus Goes Online for California's SunLine Transit Agency

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) -  California-based ISE Limited's (TSX: ISE) hybrid-electric fuel cell bus is now in operational service at SunLine Transit -- a nationally recognized environmentally conscious public transit agency based in Thousand Palms, CA.

Produced at ISE's corporate headquarters, the hybrid-electric fuel cell drive system is an identical configuration to the 20 ISE-powered buses that make up the world's largest zero-emission fleet operated by BC Transit in Canada. The core components of ISE's hybrid-electric drive system in this bus are lithium-based energy storage, software controls, and robust power electronics. This bus was unveiled at SunLine's 3rd Annual State of Public Transit Luncheon on February 19, 2010, which included Vincent Valdes, FTA's Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation as the keynote speaker. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack's chief of staff, Frank Cullen, filled in for Ms. Mack who was unable to attend the event. The Congresswoman has supported SunLine's clean alternative fuel initiatives for many years.

Andrew Worley, VP of Program Management at ISE, stated, "Our competitively-priced, Advanced Technology fuel cell bus lowers the barrier to entry for transit agencies that want to take the next step in sustainability with an alternatively fueled hybrid option for under $2 million." 

SunLine Transit Agency General Manager, C. Mikel Oglesby, said, "We are proud to work with ISE in the implementation of the 6th Generation Fuel Cell bus and look forward to learning more about the technology that will lead to the commercialization of 40' fuel cell vehicles."

Alex Bernasconi, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing at ISE, added, "ISE is thankful to work with SunLine and for the Transit Agency's role in advancing hydrogen fuel technologies."

Public funding that made the project possible was provided by the California Air Resources Board, CalStart, the Air Quality Management District, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Department of Transportation. In addition to ISE's hybrid-electric fuel cell drive system, SunLine's Advanced Technology fuel cell bus also incorporates a 150kW fuel cell manufactured by Ballard Power Systems and an advanced bus chassis and body manufactured by New Flyer.

About ISE Limited
ISE Limited is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of heavy duty hybrid-electric drive systems based on our core proprietary technology, which is focused on three critical subsystems: energy storage, controls software and power electronics. ISE specializes in series hybrid-electric and all-electric/zero emission technologies, and offers industry-leading energy storage systems and hybrid system components. Over the past 10 years, ISE has sold over 300 hybrid-electric drive systems that have demonstrated reliability and performance in over 12 million miles of fleet operation.

Established in 1995, ISE is headquartered in San Diego, California. ISE's history of innovation and technological leadership has resulted in the design and development of systems and components that deliver superior operating performance. For more information visit www.isecorp.com.

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