San Jose To Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Three zero emission buses or ZEBs to operate on different routes in Bay area for two year trial period.

Published: 05-Apr-2005

Through the month of April, passengers can ride a new hydrogen-powered bus being tested on two routes operated by the Valley Transportation Authority in Santa Clara County.

The so-called "ZEB" -- for zero emission bus -- will operate as extra service and run weekdays from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on routes 45 and 33. Line 45 serves Penitencia Creek Light Rail Station via Piedmont and Cropley in San Jose and line 33 serves Baypointe Light Rail Station to the Great Mall's Main Transit Center via McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas.

The bus is powered by a fuel-cell that converts hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity to power the bus.


HyGenius F600 is a compact-class car with a family-friendly design powered by a zero-emission fuel-cell drive, which consumes the equivalent of 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (81.mpg) and has an operating range in excess of 400 kilometres (248 mi).

While American's complain about high fuel prices, Europe embraces fuel efficiency. Photo: Renault Scenic.

There's a big battle shaping up as manufacturers roll out cheap cars for the masses. Toyota Yaris pictured below.


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