CALSTART works with bus manufacturers, suppliers and transit operators to develop next-generation technologies, accelerate sales of near-zero and zero-emission buses, and supports pioneering public policies that are helping to make clean transit a reality across the nation.
We’re working in Ohio to help deploy fuel-cell buses servicing the NFL Football Hall of Fame, piloting fast-charge battery-electric buses in California and increasing federal funding for low and no-emission buses. CALSTART is steering the way to a cleaner, lower-carbon bus future.
The Bus Initiative taps four Activity strategies to drive its outcomes:
- Assisting transit operators to understand, purchase and use the cleanest bus platforms available.
- Developing the next generation of technologies for public transit success, from zero-emission fuel cells to automation-assisted routes.
- Providing users and industry with honest assessments of clean bus capabilities and challenges.
- Fighting for fair funding to support transit leadership in operating the cleanest vehicles in their communities.
DEVELOPMENT & DEMONSTRATION
CALSTART has been the national leader in helping the industry develop and commercialize the next generation of transit bus technology. We have spurred advanced powertrain development, such as fuel cells, assisted standardization of charging standards, demonstrated progressively more capable battery-electric bus designs and outlined the breakthrough areas for bus automation. Examples include:
- Researching, helping shape and leading the coalition to fund the National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which has driven significant cost and size reductions and performance improvements with fuel cell technology.
- Managing a user working group of transit properties, manufacturers and suppliers on best applications for using automated technology to improve transit and mobility services.
- Securing funding for and assisting with infrastructure planning and installation for the largest electric transit bus deployments in the nation.
ASSESSMENT & VALIDATION
To switch to cleaner buses, transit operators need to know whether a new technology will really work for them, day after day and year after year. CALSTART offers highly regarded technology evaluation and validation services to provide this, including collecting data in the field, documenting benefits and limits of technology, conducting market studies and analyzing the business case.
- Helping guide the first fuel cell bus to comply with the Buy American Act from prototype to market deployment and helping launch in Ohio one of the largest U.S. deployments of fuel cell buses.
- Collecting second-by-second data from electric buses on Los Angeles roads to demonstrate performance, compare energy use and conduct cost/benefit analyses for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
- Coordinating demonstration of the first all-electric and fuel-cell-electric articulated buses in the nation.
- Helping the San Joaquin Regional Transit District test a new generation of rapid-charge electric buses.
Clean buses are finding satisfied customers across the country. From South Carolina to Texas to Michigan to Oregon, transit operators are going zero-emission. Our goal is 12,000 zero-emission buses by 2030 so we cannot let the momentum slow. CALSTART is helping dramatically expand this market with funding and implementation assistance. Examples include:
- Managing three programs, in coordination with partners, in three different states to advance clean bus technologies, Drive Clean Chicago, California HVIP and NYT-VIP.
- Leading an industry coalition that has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for low- and no-emission buses at the federal level.
- Securing more than $70-million in funding for zero-emission buses in California.
- Assisting fleets to effectively use streamlined voucher incentive funding to augment their federal funding and reduce their risk and speed their transition to near and zero-emission buses.
- Documenting the location, timing and pace of implementation of clean transit bus deployments nationwide and working with transit properties to understand their needs and issues.
PUBLIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT
CALSTART works with partners in the public and private sectors to advance policies that support and develop a clean transit future leading to 12,000 zero-emission buses by 2030.
- Securing $55 million per year in federal funding for low- and no-emission buses.
- Leading the California Zero Emissions Bus Coalition, which advocates for public investments to accelerate commercialization of the zero-emission bus industry.
- Coordinating the Commercial Electric Vehicle Working Group, which brings together bus fleets and power producers together to improve the business case for deploying electric buses and trucks.