Zero Emission Buses

This page last reviewed January 10, 2014

Background Information

School Bus The Zero Emission Bus (ZBus) regulation is designed to encourage the operation and use of zero emission buses in California urban bus fleets. The ZBus Regulation is part of the Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies, which is also referred to as the Public Transit Agencies Regulation. During the 2006-2007 rulemaking the Board directed staff to review the technology and report to the Board on the status of the technology and the feasibility of implementing the purchase requirements as currently required. Staff began this review in May 2009 and presented a status report to the Board at public meeting on July 23, 2009 in San Diego, CA. At the Board meeting, staff provided an update on ZBus technology, recommended a delay in the ZBus purchase requirement, and requested additional time to monitor and assess the 12 ZBus demonstration about to begin in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Staff is beginning their assessment of the Zero Emission Bus technology and will present information to the Board on the status of the technology and developing the next steps for the commercialization of Zero Emission Buses in 2014.

Workshops - December 3, 2013

The Air Resources Board is holding a workshop on December 3, 2013 at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The workshop will summarize the four panels (fuel cell electric bus, battery electric bus, ZBus infrastructure, and transit fleets operating ZBuses) from the first workshop on September 17, 2013, and the common themes expressed during the individual stakeholder meetings staff have been conducting. This work shop will focus on the potential regulatory concepts and options under consideration for ZBus deployment and will include a discussion of a planned broader look at the transit fleet rule that will occur in 2014.



Previous Meetings Regarding Zero Emission Buses

Contact Us

For information about the ZBus Regulation and activities, contact Lesley Stern at 916-323-2913.

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