Thursday, 16 August 2018

H2 FC consortium seeking grant to drive transportation revolution, create 65,000 jobs in Ohio

Source: "Hydrogen fuel cell consortium seeking grant to drive transportation revolution, create 65,000 jobs in Ohio",, 15th August 2018, by Kirt Conrad

Kirt Conrad reported, "Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Love’s Travel Stops seek grant to build hydrogen fuel cell, electric, and CNG refueling facilities in Ohio and Michigan.

CANTON, OHIO, UNITED STATES, August 15, 2018 / -- Long a trailblazer in the development and deployment of vehicles powered by alternative fuels, the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) is leading a unique public-private partnership that will lead to the construction of at least 13 hydrogen, electric, and compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling facilities along highways in Ohio and Southern Michigan. (...) According to SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad, the consortium members, including Love’s Travel Stops, the Ohio Turnpike, CALSTART, Clean Fuels Ohio, Cleveland State University, and the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, will use the grant money to draft the Midwest States Alternative Fuel Transportation Corridor Action Plan. When completed, the plan will facilitate the creation of a corridor that will make it possible for the owners and operators of electric, fuel cell electric and CNG-powered automobiles, trucks, and buses to easily refuel as they travel across the major transportation arteries in Ohio and Michigan. “It is universally recognized that the use of alternative fuel vehicles will stimulate economic development, spur domestic production of natural gas, slash our nation’s reliance on imported oil, and reduce emissions,” Mr. Conrad said. “But one factor is holding back what should be rapid growth in the industry: range anxiety.” “Both commercial carriers and private individuals are reluctant to buy alternative fuel-powered vehicles because they aren’t sure they’ll be able to recharge or refuel them once they’re on the road,” he explained. “Creating the corridor we envision will relieve that anxiety and ignite sales which in turn will drive the creation of as many as 65,000 good-paying alternative fuel-related jobs in Ohio alone.” (...)"

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