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District adds six hybrid buses to fleet


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Columbus (Ohio) City Schools continues to make progress in its goal of “greening” its fleet.

Last year, the district applied for and received a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program to replace six 1990 model year school buses with new hybrid diesel-electric buses. The funding totaled more than $1.1 million.

Steve Simmons, director of transportation at Columbus City Schools, reports that the hybrid buses were added to the fleet in August.

The district expects the hybrids to achieve a fuel economy increase of around 70 percent compared to a standard diesel. CO2 emissions are expected to be reduced by more than 40 percent.

 


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$1.1M for six buses makes this a virtually unaffordable technology. Added to the high acquisitions costs are the unknowns of long-term reliability/maintainability on this equipment. Might be better to watch other districts learn before jumping on the hybrid bandwagon!

Jack    |    Sep 28, 2010 12:57 PM

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