Transit continues to be in the forefront of the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of clean and energy efficient vehicle technologies. Factors that have made transit buses the forerunner for alternative fuels and hybrid electric systems are also helping lead the introduction of fuel cell vehicle technologies into transportation applications.
Factors to consider
- Weight and volume constraints are less in transit buses than in cars.
- Transit buses are centrally fueled and stored, providing a manageable fueling infrastructure, ideal for the introduction of a new fuel.
- Transit buses are also driven and maintained by professionals, easing the introduction of a new propulsion system and to gain invaluable experience.
- Fuel cell buses could provide greater public exposure to the safe operation of zero emission vehicles leading to broader acceptance of this technology.