SAE TIR J2601/2
Fueling Protocols for Heavy Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles (buses)

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Society of Automotive Engineers

Fuel Cell Standards Committee - Interface Working Group


SAE TIR J2601/2
Fueling Protocols for Heavy Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles (buses)



The purpose of this document is to provide performance requirements for hydrogen dispensing systems used for fueling 35 MPa heavy duty hydrogen transit buses and vehicles (other pressures are optional). This document establishes the boundary conditions for safe heavy duty hydrogen surface vehicle fueling, such as safety limits and performance requirements for gaseous hydrogen fuel dispensers used to fuel hydrogen transit buses. For fueling light-duty vehicles SAE J2601 should be used. SAE J2601-2 is a performance based protocol document that also provides guidance to fueling system builders, manufacturers of gaseous hydrogen powered heavy duty transit buses, and operators of the hydrogen powered vehicle fleet(s).


This fueling protocol is suitable for heavy duty vehicles with a combined vehicle CHSS capacity larger than 10 kilograms aiming to support all practical capacities of transit buses. It is non-prescriptive in how to achieve a full fill or 100% state of charge (SOC) in the vehicle tank storage system. This document is an independent document from SAE J2601 “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles” and should be used separately.


The fueling limits shown in this document are harmonized with the fueling assumptions used for on-board fuel systems, as provided by gaseous hydrogen transit bus manufacturers.



Published September 2014. Available from


In consideration for being reaffirmed.



Nico Bouwkamp