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Illinois to deploy hydrogen buses

Illinois to deploy hydrogen buses

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), the public transportation provider in the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy regions of Illinois, has ordered two hydrogen fuel cell buses from New Flyer of America.

Announced yesterday, the contract will see New Flyer supply two hydrogen fuel cell electric sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ heavy duty transit buses.

The Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ bus is a battery electric vehicle which uses compressed hydrogen as an energy source, along with Ballard Power Systems fuel cell technology.

MTD is now the first transportation provider in the nation to commercially order sixty-foot, hydrogen fuel cell buses. Since 1993, New Flyer has delivered 175 buses to MTD, and today its fleet is 85% hybrid.

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