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SunLine Unveils New, Long-Range Zero-Emission Bus

SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, CA, unveiled its newest zero-emission bus—representing the ninth generation of fuel cell buses placed in revenue service in the Coachella Valley—Feb. 2 in front of the agency’s administration building.

“After testing numerous fuel cell technology configurations over the years, we believe we may have identified the configuration that will allow the transit and heavy-duty industry to successfully deploy fuel cell technology over the next decade,” said Lauren Skiver, SunLine’s general manager and chief executive officer.

The new battery-powered bus will have the capability to cover any route in the SunLine service territory, even with the air conditioner operating at maximum levels in the height of summer.

The new bus differs from earlier models in that it carries a small fuel cell on board to charge the battery, enabling a 250- to 300-mile daily route. The only “emission” from the hydrogen fuel cell is water.

Development funding for the bus came from the private sector, FTA and the California Energy Commission.
Unveiling SunLine’s new zero-emission bus: at podium, SunLine Board Chair and City of Desert Hot Springs Council Member Russell Betts, and seated from left, Lauren Skiver, SunLine Transit general manager and CEO; California State Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia; V. Manuel Perez of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors; John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART; and Deputy Director John Kato of the California Energy Commission.

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