Develop and demonstrate technologies for future military and commercial transportation systems.
The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) was first established in 1993 as the Hawaii Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project to represent the Hawaii Consortium in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Program. In 1999, it transitioned to the Department of Transportation's Advanced Vehicle Technology Program, and in 2001 it formed a partnership with the Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) and established the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu.
Managed by HTDC, HCATT has organized public/private partnerships between the federal government and private industry to develop advanced low emission and zero emission vehicles centered on electric drive technologies. Over the years, HCATT has been awarded more than $40 million in federal funds, which was matched by another $23 million from private partners.
Accomplishments / On-going Projects
1999 - A project initiated to make Hawaii the first EV Ready State with rapid charging infrastructure.
2001 - The overall administrator of Hyundai Motor Company's "safe harbor test site" for a fleet of 15 NiMH battery-powered Hyundai Santa Fe electric sport utility vehicles.
2004-2009 - The development and introduction of the first fuel cell powered vehicle, a 30-foot shuttle bus was demonstrated in Hawaii and the Air Force. Additional fuel cell vehicles followed: Step Van, MB-4 Aircraft Towing Vehicle, Ford Ranger Electric Pick-Up Truck, Light Cart.
2006 - The development and installation of a modular/deployable hydrogen production and fueling station.
2009 - The installation of a 156 kW photovoltaic array to power the hydrogen station
2010 - Partnership with Army to evaluate a fleet of ten Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Ford Escapes.
2011 - Five 10 kW vertical axis wind turbines will be added to supplement the PV array in powering the hydrogen station.