The H-Bus Drops

The first hydrogen-fuel-cell public transit bus west of the Mississippi will make its debut this coming spring in beautiful downtown Burbank, California.

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The bus is actually a hybrid: a plug-in electric motor will be the main source of locomotion, while the 67 HP hydrogen cells will provide back-up power. The system is similar to the way that a small gas engine provides extended cruising range to the plug-in 2010 Chevy Volt; like the Volt, the new Burbank bus will have a cruising range of about 250 miles before it needs a recharge.

The buses are made by Colorado-based Proterra (formerly Mobile Energy Solutions), who apply the same design and technology to a range of people-movers—including a futuristic-looking school bus.

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