Agency Promotes ‘Next Generation of Alternative Fuel Vehicles’
The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. unveiled some of its “next generation of alternative fuel vehicles” this morning. The agency is adding an “eighth-generation” hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus, compressed natural gas commuter coaches, and propane autogas mini-buses and service trucks to its fleet.
All are to be on the road within the next few weeks.
“These environmentally responsible alternative fuel vehicles will allow the organization to move closer to a 100% alternative fuel platform,” Flint MTA general manager and CEO Ed Benning said in a release.
The new hydrogen fuel cell bus is a result of a consortium between ElDorado National, Ballard and BAE Systems, the agency says.
New AFV Facilities Too
“This is about the future and what role hydrogen will play in our community today and looking forward,” Benning said.
“The addition of these new vehicles into the fleet will provide for a green operating environment, less dependency on diesel fuels, and more stability in the days ahead. We have a long way to go and by introducing these vehicles, it moves us a step closer to the next phase in our effort to reduce our dependency on fossil fuel,” he said, noting that the agency still operates diesel vehicles, some of which are more than 30 years old.
Flint MTA is building a new facility to house as many as 20 CNG commuter coaches, as well as a new Davison Service Center to serve as a hub for agency AFVs.
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Source: Flint MTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up