Nation's First Hybrid School Bus Debuts in New York State
COLONIE -- The Shenendehowa Central School District will test-drive the
nation's first diesel-electric hybrid school bus as part of a program to gauge
how the vehicle will perform in day-to-day use.
The bus, a 66-passenger model built by IC Corp., was driven 3,000 miles cross-country for Monday's appearance at a manufacturers' trade show. It will join Shen's fleet of 192 buses powered by diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline.
"I'm very encouraged," Shenendehowa's transportation director, David Christopher, said of the early projections of the vehicle's mileage and emissions performance. "It's a new technology that I think will help our school district."
Officials with IC, a division of Navistar International, said the bus achieved 8.7 miles per gallon on the trip from suburban Los Angeles, but they expect the mileage on a school bus route will be closer to 10 mpg. Typical mileage for a diesel-powered school bus is around 6 mpg, manufacturers said.
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