|Hybrid school bus.|
Advanced Energy, a Raleigh, N.C.-based nonprofit corporation, has awarded a contract for up to 19 hybrid school buses for school districts in 11 states to IC corporation. Advanced Energy issued its RFP for the contract on 22 June.
IC Corporation, in collaboration with Enova Systems, unveiled the nation’s first hybrid school bus two weeks ago at the New York Association of Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) Show. The parallel-hybrid school bus is expected to attain a 40% increase in fuel efficiency along with reductions in emissions. (Earlier post.)
Advanced Energy has been an advocate for the development of hybrid school buses—and particularly plug-in hybrid school buses—since 2004. (Earlier post.) IC’s new hybrid school bus offers a plug-in option.
This project provides operational benefits to school districts, while also providing the reduced emissions desired by the US Environmental Protection Agency and a valuable return on investment to school boards. This bid award is the result of several years of collaborative effort among manufacturers, school districts and government agencies to change the school bus market.
These members of Advanced Energy’s buyers’ consortium are currently scheduled to receive hybrid buses:
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (2 buses)
- South Carolina Department of Educations (2 buses)
- State of New York (2 buses)
- Florida Department of Education (2 buses)
- Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa Valley, Calif. (1 bus)
- Durham School Services, Everett, Wash. (1 bus)
- Lake Chelan School District, Chelan, Wash. (1 bus)
- City of Seattle (1 bus)
- Little Rock, Ark., School District (1 bus)
- Sigourney Community School District, Sigourney, Iowa (1 bus)
- Nevada Community Schools, Nevada, Iowa (1 bus)
- Killeen Independent School District, Texas (1 bus)
- Austin Independent School District, Texas (1 bus)
- Fairfax County, Va. (1 bus)
- Jennings Transportation, Nazareth, Pa. (1 bus)
The initial powertrain for the hybrid school bus will couple an International VT365 V8 diesel engine with Enova’s post-transmission 80-kilowatt Hybrid Drive System.
We believe that diesel-electric hybrid technology can be made commercially viable for the school bus industry and this collaboration is the next step in making that a reality.—Michael Cancelliere, vice president and general manager of IC Corporation
Funding to support Advanced Energy’s initiative has come from North Carolina’s electric utilities (Duke Power, Progress Energy, Dominion North Carolina Power and North Carolina electric cooperatives) and the State Energy Office in North Carolina.