The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) has awarded its first ever loan guarantee, worth $2.5m, to SWITCH Maritime, an impact investment company building the first fleet of zero emissions vessels in North America with the use of hydrogen fuel cells.
SWITCH’s flagship vessel is a first-of-its-kind 84-passenger, fuel cell electric “e-ferry” that is currently in the final phases of construction and will commence operation on a route between Oakland and San Francisco later this year.
Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer of the Air District, commented, “The Air District is excited to pioneer this cutting-edge technology in the Bay Area to accelerate climate action and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The hydrogen fuel cell ferry is a cleaner solution that will protect public health and reduce harmful diesel emissions in the communities where it is most needed.”
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