No one wants to inhale grit and unhealthy fumes, and for those with pulmonary ailments, pollution can be doubly troubling. With an eye for keeping one more smog-producing vehicle off the road, the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, a two-hospital system based in Allentown, Pa., signed on for a federally funded Pennsylvania pilot of hydrogen-fueled buses.
The colorful, clean technology transportation will shuttle employees and visitors around Lehigh Valleys Cedar Crest campus and fits nicely into a push to recycle and build minus unhealthy construction materials, officials noted in a statement announcing the deal. Meanwhile, the Federal Transit Administration will study the pilot for future efforts.
The hydrogen bus runs off a modified Ford engine and, according to hydrogen fuel manufacturer Air Products (which will operate a second bus during the pilot), emits 99.7% less carbon dioxide than a gasoline-powered vehicle.