BAE Systems announced it has developed a zero emissions bus for a Southern California transit agency this week.
BAE, which produces low-emission hybrid electric propulsion systems for transit buses, developed the bus for SunLine Transit, which runs off of a fuel cell and does not use fossil fuels or produce tailpipe emissions.
The effort was funded by the Federal Transit Administration, CALSTART, California Air Resource Board and California South Coast Air Quality Management District.
“This American fuel cell bus meets the Federal Buy America requirements and is the closest to a commercially available fuel cell bus that has been developed so far,” said C. Mikel Oglesby, general manager of SunLine Transit Agency. “It looks like the beginning of a good product and is certainly representative of our motto, the future is now.“
HybriDrive propulsion technology has made appearances in a slew of U.S. cities since 1998. Today, more than 3,500 buses use HybriDrive technology as a main propulsion system.