North County Transit to purchase 8 fuel cell electric buses with help from federal grant

NCTD bus
A North County Transit District bus. Courtesy of the agency

the North County Transit District received a $4.8 million federal grant to help purchase eight electric buses powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The transportation agency plans a fleet of 25 of these zero-emission vehicles by 2025. Fuel cells combine hydrogen gas with oxygen from the air to generate electricity, emitting only water in their exhaust gases.

“I am very pleased to see the North County Transit District receiving a federal investment of $4.8 million for the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, which will help reduce harmful air pollution and contribute to our fighting climate change,” Rep. Mike said. Levin, who helped secure the grant.

A fully equipped bus costs $1.3 million, so the agency will use some of its own funds to purchase all eight vehicles.

NCTD has already received a $1.7 million grant to build a hydrogen fueling station for buses.

“NCTD remains committed to being at the forefront of zero-emissions technology, providing clean transportation choices for our customers, and improving air quality in our communities,” said Jewel Edson, Chairman of the Board. of NCTD and board member of Solana Beach.

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