Whistler Gets Look at GM Hybrid-electric Bus

Hybrid-electric bus promises fuel savings up to 60 percent and a 90 percent reduction in CO emissions and particulate matter.

Published: 23-Jan-2004

tler Mayor Hugh O’Reilly this week got behind the wheel of a new public transit bus that consumes far less fuel than conventional ones. He drove the 40-foot bus carrying various Whistler officials and the president of B.C. Transit as part of a demonstration in Whistler Village.

“It will help us move towards a more sustainable community,” O’Reilly said. “If we put the vehicle in here, we have the ability to send a message to everyone that comes here.”

The Resort Municipality of Whistler, in partnership with B.C. Transit, staged the demonstration by Allison Electric Drives about the company’s EP50 System, a new power source for buses that aids fuel emission reduction.

The group, a division of General Motors, is touring cities across B.C. introducing the hybrid diesel/electric bus, which already has 34 units operating throughout the U.S. Pennsylvania has the largest fleet in North America with 10 vehicles. The state expects to add another 60 buses by 2005.

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