FTA releases $13.1M for fuel cell bus program

Posted on April 3, 2012

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released $13.1 million in federal funding for 11 innovative research and demonstration projects under its National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The program advances hydrogen fuel-cell power for transit buses and reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to address the country's energy challenges, reduce its dependence on foreign oil and promote cleaner air.

The funds are shared by Calstart in Pasadena, Calif.; the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta; and the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium in Boston. 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.

The research funding may help get fuel cell buses into commercial service quicker, which would have positive environmental and energy-saving impacts. According to the National Renewable Energy Lab and the FTA, every fuel cell-powered bus put into service in the U.S. 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 a savings of more than $37,000 per year, per vehicle.

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, and to increase public acceptance of fuel cell-powered vehicles. The 11 projects were selected from among 26 proposals seeking $52 million in federal funds. Details about the projects can be found here.  

More News

Va. woman struck by bus awarded $4.5M

The driver had reportedly been in four other accidents in the previous 18 months but was allowed to stay behind the wheel.

Fla.'s HART partners with Megabus.com to pilot service option

The agency is already providing enhanced routes and options through a unique 5-year partnership agreement with Megabus.com which began last year, to offer express travel to and from Miami and Orlando for as little as $1.

BusCon 2015 takes Indy by storm with new vehicles, tech and education

The 20th installment of the show featured more than 50 new exhibitors, 70-plus vehicles and plenty of information to inspire attendees.

House moves to delay PTC deadline

A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline for most railroads to install automated train technology until December 2018.

Volvo celebrates new Nova, Prevost customer delivery center

The new Plattsburgh, N.Y., building will be equipped of a welcoming customer area, 10 bus delivery spaces and offices to enable our customers to continue their professional activities during their stay.

See More News

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close