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English Español USA: California debuts nation’s largest hydrogen fueling station

The $22.9 million project includes the purchase of 10 new hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), California, rolled out his week the largest transit-operated hydrogen fueling station in the United States. The new hydrogen fueling station was unveiled at OCTA’s Santa Ana Bus Base.

The $22.9 million project, with support from California Climate Investments, includes the purchase of 10 new hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, which are expected to be in operation beginning in 2021.

The partners in the project, in addition to OCTA, include the California Air Resources Board (CARB), South Coast Air Quality Management District and Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE).

“We are proud to be working with all of our partners to set a strong example as a large urban transit operator making a positive impact on the environment,” said OCTA CEO Darrell E. Johnson. “We will continue to explore the use of zero-emission technology to ensure we deliver a balanced and sustainable transportation system for Orange County’s future.”

“California’s transit agencies are leading the revolution to zero-emission transportation by taking action to replace their fossil-fuel powered buses with the very cleanest models available,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The Orange County Transportation Authority is among the state’s and the nation’s leaders in this crucial effort. This project will accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell powered buses. It also showcases today’s hydrogen fueling facility to keep those zero-emission buses powered up and clearing the air.”

OCTA’s project aligns with California’s Innovative Clean Transit Rule, a first-of-its kind regulation in the U.S. that sets a goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.

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