August 8, 2006

GM delivers hybrid-powered buses to Michigan’s state capital

Lansing, Michigan – The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) in Lansing, Michigan has added three General Motors diesel-electric hybrid buses to its mass transit fleet. They are the first hybrid buses to enter service in the state of Michigan; Lansing becomes the 39th community to invest in GM’s hybrid buses.

The buses deliver significantly better fuel economy than traditional buses and produce up to 60 per cent fewer oxides of nitrogen emissions and 90 per cent fewer particulate, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions. They also provide 50 per cent faster acceleration than conventional diesel buses, have reduced maintenance costs and are quieter.

Since 2004, more than 475 GM hybrid buses have been delivered to communities in Canada and the U.S., and another 127 are expected to be delivered by the end of the year. The hybrid technology is manufactured by GM’s Allison Transmission in Indianapolis, Indiana; the buses are manufactured by New Flyer Industries, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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