Capital Metro, along with the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), will be holding a kickoff event to launch its innovative Proterra zero-emission, hydrogen hybrid bus into passenger service. The event will take place at 10:30am on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at UT-CEM.
Capital Metro received this bus in early March as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The goal of this program is to design and demonstrate a safe, reliable, and efficient battery dominant fuel cell hybrid transit bus. The bus had previously operated in Columbia, South Carolina.
While in Austin, the bus will operate among the UT shuttles – transporting students and residents around the city. Data gathered during this demonstration will be sent to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for further analysis.
Successful collaboration between many local and national partners is central to making this demonstration a success. Collaborators include: University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), Capital Metro, First Transit, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, the State Energy Conservation Office, the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), Proterra, Gas Technology Institute and Hydrogenics.