This year’s National Hydrogen Day marks the opportunity for Boston to boast its first zero-emissions fuel cell bus. The fuel cell bus currently operates on a changing schedule across various routes within the MBTA transit system, weekdays through early 2018. Join the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s social media Thunderclap before October 8 to celebrate Massachusetts’ clean energy technology contributions to the nation. And, when you find and ride the fuel cell bus, send a quick tweet to thank the MBTA for supporting #FuelCellsNow and #HydrogenNow.
The Boston demonstration program is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which has goals that help to…
- Facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies
- Improve transit bus efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption
- Reduce transit bus emissions
- Establish a globally competitive U.S. industry for fuel cell bus technologies
- Increase public awareness and acceptance of fuel cell vehicles
Funding for the MBTA fuel cell bus and station program is provided by FTA. Nuvera contributes additional funding, manages the program and provides the hydrogen fueling station. The nonprofit Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC) administers the grant on behalf of FTA. This public-private collaboration is helping familiarize transit agencies with fuel cells while providing valuable on-road feedback to manufacturers as they look to expand production. It is also helping grow the green economy and the U.S. businesses that produce the vehicles, drivetrains, and hydrogen fuel.