August 13, 2007
School district receives California’s first plug-in hybrid school bus
Napa, California – The Napa School District in California has received a new plug-in hybrid diesel-electric school bus, which it will use during the 2007-2008 school year. The district becomes one of seven school districts in the U.S., and the first in California, to operate the plug-in hybrid bus.
Depending on the bus route, fuel economy is expected to improve by 70 to 100 per cent, and emissions are expected to be reduced by up to 90 per cent. The bus is the result of a nationwide initiative, the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project, led by Advanced Energy, a non-profit corporation in North Carolina that initiated a buyer’s consortium of school districts, state energy agencies and student transportation providers. The bus is built by IC Corporation, the nation’s largest school bus manufacturer, and Enova Systems, makers of the hybrid drive system.
The bus is partially sponsored by a US$100,000 contribution from the Bay Area Quality Management District, US$30,000 from Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and US$30,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency.