SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, Calif., has unveiled the nation's first hydrogen-electric hybrid bus.
The hybrid bus, which features an electric-drive system coupled with an H2-fueled Ford V-10 internal combustion engine, immediately went into revenue service following the unveiling.
The 40-foot bus runs on pure hydrogen generated by harnessing wind power. Officials at ISE Corp., a project partner, estimate that unwanted NOx and PM gases will decrease by nearly 99.9%.
The new $600,000 bus is part of a nearly $1.1 million, U.S.-Canadian sponsored initiative aimed at bringing cleaner-running alternative- fueled technologies to public roadways.
SunLine officials are gearing up for its next major rollout, a 100% hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle, scheduled for mid-2005.