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SARTA Receives $8.9 Million 

The 2nd Highest

FTA Grant

for Fuel Cell Buses


This is exciting news for the State of Ohio and one of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition members! Congratulations to the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority of Canton and Executive Director Kirt Conrad on the largest deployment of fuel cells ever in the State of Ohio. With this grant, SARTA will be fueling the future now, and Canton, Ohio will be third in the country in fuel cell bus usage.

Sarta bus


February 6
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority has beaten out dozens of other transitsystems for millions of dollars in federal funding to help pay for fuel-cell buses that run on hydrogen and do not emit pollution.
The Federal Transit Administration announced Thursday that SARTA is one of 10 transit systems across the country to receive a total of $54.5 million in grants from the agency's Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program.
SARTA will get $8.9 million to cover most of the costs of buying five fuel-cell buses that each will cost about $1.9 million, said SARTA's executive director, Kirt Conrad.
The buses will be 40 feet long and seat up to 35 passengers, Conrad said. He said last year that the cost of the hydrogen to fuel the vehicle, maintaining the bus and covering the salary of the drivers is about $60,000 per year per bus.
The fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen to spark a chemical reaction that results in electricity and water but no exhaust. He said fuel-cell buses provide roughly twice the mileage of diesel fuel.
The nearly $9 million grant is the second-highest amount of the 10 grant recipients. The grants were funded from the federal budget for October 2012 to September 2014. The FTA said 50 agencies applied for $200 million in funding. Read more.













Honda reveals 2016 fuel cell vehicle design

Honda vehicle


January 16

Honda has shown the latest version of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell concept car at the Detroit Motor Show, said to offer a glimpse of how the 2016 production car will look.

Its hydrogen fuel cell stack is located under the bonnet, is 33% smaller and has a 60% increase in power density than the equivalent used in the Honda FCX Clarity. This layout also means Honda can use the stack in other body styles.

The carmaker is claiming a range of 300 miles on the American EPA test cycle, with seating for five and a refuelling time of three minutes. Japanese customers will be able to place orders in March 2016, followed by the United States and Europe. 

Honda is proactively supporting the infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including a $13.8m (£9.1m) funding package for FirstElement Fuel in California and the £31m pan-European HyFive project, ahead of joining the market.




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