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COTA receives federal grant to purchase 10 hydrogen-powered electric buses

By meerna Jul11,2024
COTA receives federal grant to purchase 10 hydrogen-powered electric buses

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The Central Ohio Transit Authority said Wednesday it has received a $22.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase 10 hydrogen-powered buses and fueling stations.

Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses use hydrogen gas to generate electricity that charges a battery pack that powers the vehicle’s engine.

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COTA Columbus hydrogen-powered buses

COTA’s hydrogen-powered buses will have a range of about 300 miles and will refuel in 10 minutes or less, according to a press release.

“These grants will help deliver cleaner, greener transportation that is designed to reach everyone and work for everyone, especially in places that have historically been underserved,” FTA Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool said Wednesday.

According to the announcement, 12 hydrogen buses could be in service by 2026. The last 22 COTA diesel buses will be withdrawn from service by the end of this year, and 26 electric vehicles will join the fleet.

COTA plans to have a net zero bus fleet by 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

The subsidy comes from the FTA’s Low or Zero Emissions Grant Program, which began in fiscal year 2016.

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