Government Fleets Closer to Federal Funding Eligibility
Roush CleanTech said at the Government Fleet Expo in Denver this week that it’s completed FTA Altoona trials of its Ford E-450 bus fueled solely by propane autogas.
Approval by the Federal Transit Administration under the new model bus testing regime at the track in Altoona, Pa. paves the way for government fleets to receive significant federal support when buying the vehicles.
“Altoona Testing of the propane autogas Ford E-450 will allow all agencies to apply for FTA funding to assist with conversion costs of that vehicle,” Lynn McLean, director of maintenance for Michigan’s Flint Mass Transit Authority, said in a Roush release.
MTA operates two Roush CleanTech propane autogas buses and plans to add 60 more vehicles to its fleet by 2013 (F&F, May 7). “This means huge financial assistance for any paratransit fleet looking to operate on a domestically produced alternative fuel like propane autogas,” McLean said.
Lots of Bus Body Options
Via its Altoona testing, Roush explains, FTA rates new transit bus models on safety, structural integrity and durability, reliability, performance, maintainability, noise and fuel economy.
“The completion of this testing means all paratransit body configurations that are compatible with the Roush CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-450 chassis are eligible for FTA funding, including Champion, ElDorado National, Elkhart Coach, Glaval Bus, Goshen Coach and Starcraft Bus,” Roush said.
In addition to Flint MTA, public sector customers with Roush propane vehicles include Colorado Springs School District 11, the cities of Santa Monica, Riverside and Cypress in California, Cincinnati, and Livonia, Mich.
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Source: Roush press release, previous reports and interviews