Bus

Southern Calif. transit rolls out hydrogen-powered bus

Posted on November 14, 2011

SunLine Transit's fuel cell bus, powered by BAE Systems' HybriDrive propulsion system.
 
SunLine Transit's fuel cell bus, powered by BAE Systems' HybriDrive propulsion system.  
Thousand Palms, Calif.-based SunLine Transit Agency unveiled a new, 7th generation, hydrogen-powered fuel cell bus, the “American Fuel Cell Bus,” which will contribute to green transportation while creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

The state-of-the-art, zero-emission American Fuel Cell Bus that SunLine is putting on the road is the product of a federal, state and private-sector partnership. Over the last five years, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has invested more than $75 million through the National Fuel Cell Bus Program to help spur projects like this through an entire lifecycle — from the early research stage all the way to the real-world testing of commercially viable clean-fuel vehicles that deliver a reliable, dependable ride. In addition to FTA, funding partners include CALSTART, the California Air Resources Board, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The American Fuel Cell bus is comprised almost entirely of American-made components by companies such as Ballard Power Systems in Lowell, Mass., BAE System Controls in Johnson City, N.Y., and El Dorado National in Riverside, Calif. At least 24 companies, in states from Texas to Minnesota to Georgia, had a hand in making the bus — creating and sustaining hundreds of manufacturing, engineering, and assembly jobs in the process.

With the launch, transit agencies across the country will now have the ability to purchase a 40-foot fuel cell bus that meets the FTA Buy America Requirements. This marks a significant milestone in hydrogen fuel cell technology development for the transportation industry.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Arrow Stage hosts Veterans Strong Appreciation Event

Over 200 guests attended to witness the evening’s main event, the unveiling of the full-sized custom Arrow Stage Lines’ Veteran Strong motorcoach. 

SFRTA unveils new Tri-Rail commuter connector

The fleet of 28 new vehicles and 2 refurbished vehicles will replace the existing Tri-Rail shuttle buses.

St. Louis Metro recognized for maintenance and asset management

Bus maintenance program has been able to extend the lifespan of buses by 25% and decrease the rate of breakdowns by 85%.

FTA confirmed to speak on new bus testing rule, more at BusCon 2016

A Transit Maintenance Forum pass is $98 and includes the forum as well as access to BusCon’s full educational program, the exhibit hall full of buses, networking event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and much more.

Forest River ranks Top 3 Spots in Ford's top volume accounts

Starcraft Bus, Elkhart Coach and Glaval Bus finished first, second and third, respectively.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close