Alternative Fuels

District adds six hybrid buses to fleet

Posted on September 28, 2010

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.

 

Comments ( 1 )
  • Jack

     | about 7 years ago

    $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!

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