Greyhound's Historic Clean Diesel Bus Order Highlights EfficiencyAnd
Environmental Gains in Advanced Diesel Technology
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013
220 Clean Diesel Bus Order Is Greyhound's Largest in 20 Years
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Greyhound's announcement
that it has placed orders for 220 new clean diesel, low emission buses
highlights the major advancements in diesel fuel efficiency and environmental
gains, according to Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel
"Congratulations are in order for Greyhound and the two manufacturers - Motor
Coach Industries and Prevost of the Volvo Group - for this major order of the
newest clean diesel bus technology," Schaeffer said. "These new buses will
offer the most modern and advanced clean diesel technology to Greyhound's
national fleet, which is the largest provider of intercity passenger service
in North America.
"Because of its safety, reliability and efficiency, diesel is the predominant
power source for public transit, school and intercity bus services
nationwide. It's extremely noteworthy that Greyhound Bus Line serves 3,800
destinations across the country and connects communities with a 100 percent
diesel bus fleet," Schaeffer said.
"Diesel buses are the best source of transportation for Greyhound's expansive
service area because of the efficiency and power needed to dependably and
safely transport 25 million passengers throughout North America every year."
Greyhound Lines Inc. officials say the order is the company's largest bus
order in more than 20 years and will make their fleet "one of the youngest and
most environmentally friendly in the industry."
Clean Diesel Bus Technology Has Reduced Particulate Matter and NOx Emissions
Diesel power systems have been undergoing revolutionary technological
advancements that have already achieved dramatic reductions in emissions for
urban buses and highway engines. Advances in emissions-control systems and
ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) are helping clean diesel engines achieve
emissions performance equivalent to compressed natural gas (CNG) and other
"Today, EPA regulation have virtually eliminated emissions from new diesel
buses - reducing particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 98
percent from 1988 levels," Schaeffer said. "In addition, new technologies are
also being used to upgrade older diesel engines which can reduce key
pollutants from existing bus fleets by up to 90 percent.
"Because of these major advancements, clean diesel buses offer significant
operational advantages over many alternative fuels, and assure reliable,
durable, and cost-efficient bus transportation.
"Businesses and governments no longer have to turn to alternative fuels like
CNG for greener operations. They can now invest in clean diesel technology
without the higher acquisition, facility and fueling station investments
required with CNG," Schaeffer said. "While CNG fuel prices are lower than
diesel at this time, that's just one part of the equation and there are
significant other factors to consider. Clean diesel buses are 20 to 25
percent less expensive than CNG buses, and do not depend on the separate
fueling infrastructure and all of its attendant installation and operating
costs required for CNG.
"The new clean diesel technology is ideal for Greyhound's extensive intercity
route system. Diesel fuel is widely available in every area throughout the
country, allowing for rapid shifts for Greyhound to serve new riders and
routes. And new-generation clean diesel engines are typically achieving five
percent or better gains in fuel efficiency compared to previous generations.
"On a similar note, major city public transit systems are relying on both
clean diesel and diesel-hybrid technology to improve efficiency and reduce
emissions," Schaeffer said.
Related Diesel Bus News
Green bus bonanza for Greater Manchester (Rochdale Online – United Kingdom,
March 13, 2013)
Greater Manchester is set to become a green bus capital of the United Kingdom,
with 229 diesel-electric hybrid vehicles on the road by this summer.
How SEPTA won its transit Oscar (Philly.com, February 27, 2013)
SEPTA won the 2012 transit Oscar - the American Public Transportation
Association (APTA) award for Outstanding Public Transportation System in a
major metropolitan area. Among the accomplishments cited by APTA was: $232
million for 440 new fuel-saving hybrid buses, bringing SEPTA's hybrid total to
472, approximately one third of the 1,400-bus fleet, the highest ratio of
hybrid-to-diesel buses of any fleet in the country.
MTD starts using newer hybrids in fleet (News-Gazette – Illinois, January 22,
Within a few months more than half of the 102-bus fleet of the
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will be made up of low-emissions,
improved mileage diesel-electric hybrid buses.
CTA to purchase 300 clean diesel buses (Metro Magazine, January 14, 2013)
The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) board unanimously approved the purchase
of at least 300 new buses as part of CTA's bus fleet modernization initiative
announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool in June
Metro saves millions with hybrid buses (WTOP Radio – Washington DC, September
Metro is saving big money with its hybrid buses, even though the technology
gets nowhere close to the 40 miles per gallon available on hybrid cars.
Hybrid diesel electric transit buses (Maryland Department of Transportation,
June 21, 2012)
Governor Martin O'Malley today announced the Board of Public Works approval of
$35,314,862 for the purchase of 53 hybrid diesel electric buses for the
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). Today's announcement meets the
Administration's goal, first outlined in 2008, that the MTA purchase only
hybrid diesel electric powered buses as older models are retired from service
with a stated goal of up to 500 hybrid diesel electric powered buses in daily
operation by 2014.
Hybrid Diesel-Electric Buses Coming To Chicago (HybridCars.com, May 15, 2012)
New Flyer Industries Inc. announced yesterday an order for one hundred 60-foot
articulated buses for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in support of its
fleet renewal and customer enhancement strategies. Of the new buses, 33 are
hybrid diesel-electric buses (model DE60LFR) and the other 67 are clean-diesel
buses (model D60LFR).
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