Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new demonstration and testing project to develop plug-in hybrid electric school buses that can be used in fleets across the country. Navistar Corporation of Fort Wayne, Indiana will receive up to US$10 million to develop, test and deploy an electric hybrid school bus as part of a cost-shared award.

“These projects will help move technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace by improving their durability, reducing their costs, and validating their performance in real-world settings,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “By investing in the vehicles of the future, we will create new jobs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving our environment.”

The DOE will provide up to $10 million over three years, representing half of the project’s projected total cost. Development will include examining hybrid architectures to achieve a 40-mile (64 km) electric range, evaluating advanced energy storage devices, and operating on an emissions-compliant diesel engine capable of running on renewable fuels. The project plans to deploy 60 vehicles for a three-year period in fleets across the U.S.

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