The US’ largest transit-operated hydrogen fuelling station was opened last week in Orange County by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).
Representing a $22.9m investment in zero emission transit, 10 new hydrogen fuel cell electric buses were also unveiled.
Air Products designed and provided enabling equipment for the station, located at OCTA’s Santa Ana bus base, and will provide maintenance and hydrogen fuel.
Trillium was contracted for construction, operations and maintenance of the fuelling station, and New Flyer provided the buses.
Ballard Power Systems worked on the hydrogen fuel cell electric technology on the buses and Fiedler Group engineered upgrades to maintenance facilities to safely service hydrogen-fuelled buses.
More than half of that funding – $12.5m – comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.
With a range of up to 300 miles, the hydrogen-fuelled buses will be strategically integrated into the OC Bus fleet to operate in communities that serve disadvantaged populations.
The funding is the largest single grant to date from the California Air Resources Board to a transit agency.
“California’s transit agencies are leading the revolution to zero emission transportation by taking action to replace their fossil fuel-powered buses with the very cleanest models available,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.
“The Orange County Transportation Authority is among the state’s and the nation’s leaders in this crucial effort.”
“This project will accelerate the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell powered buses. It also showcases today’s hydrogen fuelling facility to keep those zero-emission buses powered up and clearing the air.”