Akron's golf courses are about to get a little greener this summer.
The city will be using 20 new eco-friendly golf carts that will be fueled by either hydrogen or natural gas.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny explains what the inventor along with locally-based developer Hydrogen Energy Systems (HES) will do.
"What this will allow us to do is put the hydrogen engine in 5 of those golf carts and 15 will have the natural gas engine," he said.
Akron City Council passed legislation Monday evening to purchase the golf carts from HES.
The carts will be used at both the Mud Run and Good Park golf courses.
Moneypenny says when he saw the prototype , he noticed some fundamental differences between the HES golf cart and the traditional carts.
"It has just as much torque and power as the standard golf cart and it doesn't cost as much."
"If you sit in a room when this engine is running, not only is it quieter, but it puts out fumes that are completely odorless."
As part of the agreement to purchase the carts, the Akron Development Corporation (ADC) will agree to aid Hydrogen Energy Systems in marketing and selling their golf carts to potential buyers. HES will then pay the ADC a portion of the sale for every cart marketed by them.
Moneypenny says there won't be any drop-off with the performance of the eco-friendly carts out on the links this summer.
The council president says eventually the company will develop more environmentally friendly alternatives for running lawn mowers and tow motors among other appliances.