The City of Akron has agreed to lease 20 golf carts fueled by natural gas or hydrogen.
Akron City Council approved the purchase of the golf carts last Monday from Hydrogen Energy Systems LLC (HES), a start-up company in the Akron Global Business Accelerator. HES has developed technology, known as a mixing block, that runs a small internal combustion engine on 100 percent hydrogen or natural gas.
The purchase will be the first commercial use for the new technology, and the company is hoping it will help spur interest from other municipal or private golf courses looking to cut costs and be more environmentally friendly.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported the story based on City Council minutes last week.