THOUSAND PALMS - On Friday, April 21, the State of California and partners SunLine Transit Agency, New Flyer and Hydrogenics will celebrate the award of $12.5 million that will bring five fuel cell buses and a renewable hydrogen generating station to serve disadvantaged communities within the Coachella Valley. The funding for these zero-emission buses and state-of-the-art clean hydrogen energy facility is from California Climate Investments, the state’s climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program.
Senator Jeff Stone
Assemblyman and California Air Resources Board Member Eduardo Garcia
California Air Resources Board Member Barbara Riordan
SunLine Transit Agency Board Chairman Russell Betts
Hydrogenics Director of Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Infrastructure Rob Del Core
New Flyer Director of Sustainable Transportation David Warren
WHAT: California Climate Investments representatives will present a giant check for $12.5 million to SunLine Transit Agency for acquisition of five new fuel cell buses and upgrading of its current hydrogen fueling station.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017
WHERE: SunLine Transit Agency, 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail, Thousand Palms
VISUALS: Check presentation ceremony; fuel cell bus ride-alongs to experience riding in a zero-emission fuel cell bus; tours of the SunLine Learning Center to explore and learn about hydrogen technology.
BACKGROUND: The five buses, to be manufactured by New Flyer, will run on SunLine’s regular revenue routes 91 and 95 daily from Indio to Mecca/Oasis with more than 98 percent coverage in disadvantaged communities. Hydrogenics will upgrade the existing heavy duty hydrogen station that will fuel the fleet’s fuel cell vehicles. Once complete, it will be the largest fueling station in the U.S. of its kind, using electricity and renewable energy to generate clean hydrogen.
The $12.5 million from California Climate Investments will be matched with another $5.2 million in cash and in kind services, including $2.75 million from the Federal Transportation Administration.
CARB is the lead agency in California for cleaning up the air and fighting climate change to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air and climate pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.