September 23, 2005

Fifty hybrid buses to enter Washington, D.C. fleet

Washington, D.C. – Fifty GM hybrid-powered buses, manufactured by New Flyer Industries, will begin to roll into Washington, D.C.’s Metro fleet by the end of 2005. Metro purchased 28 buses, and has now agreed to buy 22 more.

The city is one of 25 in the U.S. and Canada to invest in new buses using GM’s clean hybrid technology, which offers better fuel economy and dramatically lower emissions over conventional diesel buses. To date, GM technology is used in more than 364 buses in operation in the U.S. and Canada.

The hybrid technology is manufactured by GM’s Allison Transmission. New Flyer Industries, which manufactures the buses, is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is North America’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses.

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