Spurring Innovation for a Clean-Energy Future
Winning the future, Proterra style. When President Obama said that America's small businesses need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build their competition, he must have had Proterra in mind.
FTA Invests to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
As a leader in green transportation, FTA has investing $366 million over three years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put new transit vehicles on the street that are nonpolluting, spur the transit industry to reduce costs and increase efficiencies through smart energy policies, and create thousands of green jobs for the 21st century. (Click photo for selected projects.)
And Increase Use of Clean Fuels
Philadelphia Puts the Brakes on Wasted Energy
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is replacing diesel buses with hybrid buses that will reduce fuel costs and save money. By installing a cutting-edge “wayside energy storage system” on one rail line, a battery will actually store energy generated by braking trains—energy that can be used later on. FTA contributed $5 million to this innovative energy project.
Illustration by J.P. Flexner
Wind turbines reduce dependence on oil for an Indiana transit agency.
The American Fuel Cell Bus. A new generation of powerful electric vehicles marries federal investments with domestic innovation and entrepreneurship.
Percentage of Buses Purchased with FTA Funds that Run on Conventional and Alternative Fuels
A new generation of electric trolleys cuts energy, emissions at Link Transit in Wenatchee, WA.
Every fuel cell-powered bus put into service in the U.S. could reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by 100 tons annually and eliminate the need for 9,000 gallons of fuel every year over the life of the vehicle.
(Source: National Renewable Energy Lab; FTA)
For buses currently running on diesel fuel, that translates into a savings of more than $37,000 per year, per vehicle.
South Florida’s first green LEED-certified transit station