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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

Green Car Congress

Eligible projects included those that replace, rehabilitate, lease, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses, associated charging infrastructure and a back-up generator to maintain bus service in a disaster situation.

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FTA Report on Worldwide H2 Bus Demonstrations Finds Better Than Expected Performance and Strong Customer Acceptance; Challenges Remain

Green Car Congress

Most participants noted that developing fuel cell bus maintenance facilities was not as challenging as expected. Key challenges to commercialization revealed by the demonstrations were: Vehicle Range. The most significant challenge was range. Diesel buses typically operate for 18 to 20 hours per day, over a range of about 186-217 miles (300-350 km), using one tank of fuel. Operating range of HICE buses is also limited, requiring buses to be refueled mid-day.

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