General Motors Allison Hybrid Buses Integral Part Of Super Bowl XXXVIII Transit

Houston Metro Transit purchases four GM Allison hybrid buses as part of "Preview Program"

Published: 30-Jan-2004

HOUSTON - Houston Metro Transit buses powered by GM hybrid technology will demonstrate the latest in clean, fuel-efficient public transportation as thousands of visitors pour into the city for America's premier sporting event.

The GM hybrid-driven buses improve fuel economy up to 60 percent and reduce emissions by more than 90 percent. In addition, the GM hybrid system delivers superior torque, derived from the dual electric motors used to launch from a stop, and 50 percent better acceleration than conventional diesel buses.

Houston Metro Transit recently purchased four of the hybrid buses as part of GM Allison's "Preview Program," in which the vehicles are tested under real-world transit conditions. The buses are currently in revenue service supporting transit operations on some of Houston's most heavily traveled routes.

"The development of a comprehensive diesel-electric hybrid drive program at METRO is one of many ways we are helping to improve Houston's air quality," said METRO President and CEO Shirley A. DeLibero. "These efforts, which also include adding exhaust gas recirculation technology to 593 METRO buses and the fleet-wide application of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, will result in a reduction of 480 tons per year of harmful emissions in the Houston area. What that ultimately means is that Houstonians will be able to breathe easier in the coming years."

In addition to the Houston Metro fleet, Allison hybrid systems are in pilot programs in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Portland, Austin, Texas, Salt Lake City, Hartford, Conn., Orange County, Calif. and Newark, N.J. In October, King County in Seattle placed an order for more than 230 buses.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's corporate website at www.gm.com . GM Allison Transmission leads the world in the design, manufacture and sales of medium- and heavy-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems.

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