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About National Fuel Cell Bus Program

The National Fuel Cell Bus Program is a cooperative initiative between government and industry to advance the commercialization of fuel cell technology in U.S. transit buses. Over $60 million have been awarded to date for competitively selected projects, while industry has provided over $60 million in additional private commitments. The following diagram summarizes the life cycle of projects under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. 

This program primarily focuses the commercialization of full-size, heavy-duty fuel cell transit buses through advancing fuel cell bus technologies. Goals include:

  • Facilitating the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies
  • Improving transit bus efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption
  • Reducing transit bus emissions
  • Establishing a globally competitive U.S. industry for fuel cell bus technologies
  • Increasing public awareness and acceptance of fuel cell vehicles