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SEPTA to Buy 400 Hybrid Busses

December 04, 2007


The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board approved the purchase of 400 new diesel-electric hybrid 40-foot low floor buses from New Flyer of America, Inc. for a contract price of $212,387,236.00.  Adding the new buses to its existing 32 diesel-electric hybrid buses will make SEPTA, whose service area includes Philadelphia, one of the largest public transit hybrid bus fleets in the country.

The purchase requires delivery of 100 buses per year for each of the calendar years of 2008 through 2011.  The first pilot bus is scheduled for delivery in March 2008 and the first production bus in July 2008. SEPTA will introduce the new hybrid buses into its bus fleet as the agency retires existing buses.

The hybrid buses are powered by an advanced parallel hybrid-electric power train using an electric battery system and traditional diesel power.  The electrical and diesel systems work together to conserve energy during starts and braking.  That conserved energy recharges the battery, thus requiring less fuel and reducing emissions. Hybrid buses on average are 29% more fuel efficient than normal diesel buses and can reduce carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions by 80% and 38% respectively.
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