Jan. 4, 2014

Michigan Transports Students in Hybrid Electric School Buses (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Michigan Transports Students in Hybrid Electric School Buses, which aired on Jan. 4, 2014.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Lansing, Michigan, and the state's first hybrid electric school buses. Local bus provider Dean Transportation acquired the Thomas Built Safety Liner C2e buses to help reduce student exposure to exhaust emissions.

The buses, now operating in both Lansing and Grand Rapids, use an Eaton hybrid system that combines a diesel engine with an electric motor generator and a regenerative braking system.

Batteries can provide electric-only drive for up to 15 miles. The result: lower tailpipe emissions and less dependence on petroleum.

PATRICK DEAN: We've seen a huge reduction in the amount of fuel we're using. So we're seeing about a 20% increase in fuel economy in these vehicles, as well as reduction in maintenance expenses with these hybrid systems.

JOHN DAVIS: The buses are displayed at local fairs, environmental events, and school programs to educate children on alternative fuel vehicles. The project, made possible through a grant through the Greater Lansing area Clean Cities coalition, helps provide a greener learning experience in mid-Michigan.

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