April 4, 2007
GM hybrid buses debut in Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Street Railway in Hamilton, Ontario has celebrated the arrival of twelve new eco-friendly buses, powered by GM’s diesel-electric hybrid system. The new buses significantly improve fuel economy and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, compared to conventional diesel transit buses.
“GM is excited to be partnering with the City of Hamilton, which has selected our advanced parallel hybrid bus technology to help with the greening of the City’s transport system,” says David Paterson, GM of Canada’s vice-president of corporate and environmental affairs. “Reducing emissions requires a diversity of technology solutions for both public and personal transportation, and GM is delivering new solutions that range from hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles to vehicle electrification and fuel cells.”
Since 2003, more than 640 GM hybrid-powered buses have been delivered to 51 cities in Canada and the U.S. The hybrid technology is manufactured by GM’s Allison Division; GM works with a number of bus manufacturers, including New Flyer, to provide the technology to various municipalities.