AC Transit Orders 4 More UTC Power Fuel Cell Systems for Its Next-Generation Fuel Cell Buses in California
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) of Oakland, Calif., has exercised options for four more PureMotion Model 120 fuel cell systems from UTC Power for its next-generation hybrid-electric fuel cell buses.
Early in 2008, AC Transit placed the largest single fuel cell bus order in US history, ordering eight Van Hool hybrid-electric buses with UTC Power fuel cell systems. The combined order of 12 new buses will be delivered by Van Hool from late 2009 through 2010.
AC Transit is currently operating three Van Hool hybrid-electric buses with UTC Power fuel cell systems. Since 2006, AC Transit has purchased fuel cell powerplants exclusively from UTC Power and is the company’s largest PureMotion customer. AC Transit’s first-generation fuel cell buses with UTC Power fuel cell systems have demonstrated on average 70% better fuel economy than a control fleet of diesel buses.
AC Transit is one of the largest transit agencies in California, serving more than 67 million passengers a year throughout a 360-square-mile region.