AATA gets hybrid diesel buses

October 24, 2007 by  
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AATA gets hybrid diesel buses.

(October 24, 2007) The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) today began placing into service its first 15 clean, efficient hybrid electric buses with plans to add another five in March 2008 and seven more within the next 18 months.

Over the long term all of its 69 buses will be replaced with hybrid electric buses. AATA is the first public transit operator in the Midwest to state its intention to convert to all hybrid electric buses.

AATA’s new buses, which feature an Allison electric drive as part of the General Motors hybrid electric bus system, were assembled by the Gillig Corporation of Hayward, California. The buses feature a combination of a battery-powered electric motor to provide most of the power at slower speeds and a smaller, clean-diesel engine that takes over at higher speeds.

The buses are expected to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 30 percent and lower maintenance costs by 30 to 50 percent. The hybrid electric buses can run with less engine noise and minimize diesel exhaust odor.

“Replacing diesel buses with a hybrid electric fleet is another big step toward meeting our community’s renewable energy goal. It solidifies our position as a leader in efficient, environmentally friendly mass transit,” said Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.

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One Comment on "AATA gets hybrid diesel buses"

  1. mdbendor on Sat, 10th Nov 2007 12:38 pm 

    An excellent step in reducing costs, saving our environment and improving service! Keep up the good work!

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