CTE is currently managing a large-scale, zero-emission fuel cell electric bus project, and has assembled a strong team of private and public partners including the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), New Flyer of America, Ballard Power Systems, Linde Gas, Trillium, and Air Products. Sponsored by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with a $22.3 million California Climate Investments Grant, the Bay Area Quality Management District (BAAQMD) with a $1 million grant, and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with another $1 million grant, the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium Project (FCEBCC) aims to help realize the commercialization of fuel cell electric buses and establish them as an industry standard.
The 20 fuel cell electric buses will be deployed in revenue service at AC Transit and OCTA, with 10 buses for each agency. The buses will be built by New Flyer, the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in North America, and Ballard Power Systems, a major fuel cell, and power plant supplier. Linde Gas will provide the fuel supply and technology to support the operation of the buses. By utilizing these fuel cell electric vehicles in more transit agencies and engaging a collaboration between major manufacturers, this consortium will decrease the unit cost of fuel cell electric buses and enable an expanded accessibility to zero-emission technology for transit.