The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) unveiled its first-in-America renewable transportation project. MTD’s “Riding on Sunshine” project will see the deployment of zero-emission, fuel cell Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ articulated buses from New Flyer of America Inc. (subsidiary of NFI Group), refueled with a 100% renewable hydrogen supply powered by solar energy.
MTD is the public transportation provider in the cities of Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy regions of Illinois, delivering nearly 10 million rides annually through a full range of mobility services.
The unveiling occurred at MTD’s maintenance facility in Urbana, Illinois, where MTD revealed its project capturing the hydrogen alongside solar power. MTD celebrated the milestone alongside Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Nuria Fernandez, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President Paul Skoutelas, Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Rodney Davis, Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman, and NFI President and CEO Paul Soubry.
“The evolution to green mobility begins with forward-thinking transit agencies like MTD,” said Soubry. “Since 1993, NFI has delivered nearly 200 buses to MTD, and is pleased to now provide New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell buses in support of MTD’s transition to zero-emission. We’re excited to have been selected to support MTD’s game changing deployment of hydrogen technology, that also incorporates solar power for a truly sustainable outcome.”
Driven by a mission of leading the way to greater mobility, MTD was the first in the United States to commercially order 60-foot zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell buses. MTD’s purchases were supported by the FTA and the Center for Transportation and the Environment. “MTD has always been forward thinking, and this project puts MTD right out on the cutting edge,” said Karl Gnadt, Managing Director / CEO, MTD. “We invite members of the public and the industries of transportation and energy to learn about our project and celebrate this advancement in climate resiliency.”
Built on New Flyer’s proven Xcelsior® platform, the Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ can save 85 to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions compared to a diesel bus.
Source: New Flyer