MTD’s unveils hydrogen-powered buses: ‘The ultimate expression’ of sustainability

October 14, 2021

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s newest buses are clean. So clean, in fact, that the water vapor — yes, water vapor — coming out of their tailpipes is good enough to drink.

“I was going to hold a cup underneath where the water comes out and take a drink as a demonstration,” MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt said Wednesday. “The thing is, it comes out in such a fine mist, it’s just not practical to do that.”

The MTD has added two buses to its fleet that run entirely on electricity generated by hydrogen fuel cells.

It’s the first transit system in Illinois, and one of six in the entire United States, to have hydrogen-fuel-cell buses hitting the roads. And these two, at 60 feet long, are the biggest among them.

But that’s not all: The MTD is also putting the finishing touches on its own hydrogen production station across the street from its headquarters, set to be completed in 2022.

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