Hybrid buses to replace two diesel trolleys in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
August 23. 2018 9:24PM
NASHUA — As part of the city’s ongoing green initiatives, two diesel trolleys will be replaced with new hybrid electric/diesel buses.
Nashua has already placed eight new compressed natural gas buses on the road, and now it will have two new hybrid electric/diesel buses aimed at reducing emissions from the city’s fleet.
The project, made possible because of a $1.1 million Low or No Emission Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is also geared to increase fuel efficiency.
“I’d like to thank the Federal Transit Administration for supporting environmentally friendly initiatives in Nashua by awarding us this $1.1 million grant,” said Mayor Jim Donchess, adding the two new buses will further the city’s goal of reducing emissions and making Nashua a more sustainable community.
According to Camille Pattison, Nashua transportation manager, the Nashua Transit System will partner with BAE Systems to expand Nashua’s fleet of green vehicles.
These new vehicles will have BAE Systems’ HybriDrive Series Propulsion Systems and next-generation energy storage systems, said Pattison.
“A robust public transit system is critical to the economy in Nashua, and if we can foster a system that’s good for the environment, it’s a win-win,” Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said in a statement on Wednesday.
The new grant will help with the city’s Environment and Energy Committee’s goal to reduce Nashua’s municipal vehicle emissions and infrastructure greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025.
“This grant represents an exciting improvement to existing public transportation and will be better for the environment,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said in a release. “I am pleased to see Nashua leading efforts to reduce our state’s emissions and I will continue to work across the aisle to advocate for funding that updates aging transportation infrastructure in New Hampshire.”
The grant money will be used to replace two 2010 diesel trolleys.
Aside from recently placing eight new compressed natural gas buses on the road, completing the conversion of street lights to LED bulbs and accomplishing the buyout of the lease of the Mine Falls Dam, Nashua is among a group of 20 communities nationwide seeking information from renewable energy developers interested in launching a mass renewable energy initiative.