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Akron golf carts going eco-friendly

City to use carts powered by compressed natural gas and hydrogen gas


AKRON, Ohio — A spring weekend turns a golfer's thoughts to the links, and an Ohio city is trying to make the outing more environmentally friendly.

The city of Akron's golf courses are moving ahead with a $300,000 plan to obtain 15 golf carts powered by compressed natural gas and five fueled by compressed hydrogen gas.

The mayor's office says the eco-friendly golf carts will be purchased from an Akron startup, Hydrogen Energy Systems.

The city says the technology has fewer parts than a carburetor or fuel injector, costs less and extends engine life.

The Akron Development Corp. will help market the carts and will get a portion of any sales that it facilitates.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the corporation will purchase the carts and lease them to the courses.

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