US Department of Transportation Announces $13.1 Million for National Fuel Cell Bus Program

10 Apr 2012

FTA Fuel Cell Bus ProgramUS Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week announced $13.1 million in federal funding for eleven research and demonstration projects under the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The projects were selected from among 26 proposals seeking $52 million in federal funds. Details about the projects can be found here.

The funds are shared by Calstart in Pasadena, CA; the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) in Atlanta, GA; and the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium in Boston, MA.  All three will engage in work to develop various fuel cell components, test American-made buses under real-world conditions powered by fuel cells, and conduct educational outreach.

FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program was created in 2005 to develop affordable hydrogen fuel cell buses for the nation’s public transit agencies. The additional funding could help in getting fuel cell buses into commercial service more quickly. The National Renewable Energy Lab and FTA say every fuel cell bus put into service in the US could reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by 100 tons annually and eliminate the need for 9,000 gallons of fuel every year over the life of the vehicle.  For buses currently running on diesel fuel, that translates into savings of more than $37,000 per year, per vehicle.

Reference: Federal Transit Administration

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