Can we be Second in the Nation? Hydrogen Metro Transit?

The basics behind fuel cell technology

Unlike buses that run on fossil fuels, a hydrogen fuel cell electric bus is powered by two of earth’s most common basic components —oxygen and hydrogen. A fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells are similar to batteries. Both convert the energy produced by a chemical reaction into usable electric power. The fuel cell provides an advantage, however — it will continue to produce electricity as long as fuel (hydrogen) is supplied. Also, every time the coach operator steps on the brakes, it provides extra electrical power to help the bus accelerate and climb steep hills.

Kristel Porter