North American Bus Industries (NABI) has received an order for 35 40-foot, low-floor natural gas (CNG) buses from the Sun Metro Transit Department of El Paso, Texas. Delivery is scheduled for March 2007.
NABI offers the 8.3-liter C Gas Plus Cummins engine in a variety of ratings for its 40-LFW buses. These new buses will serve as replacement buses for a 15-year-old fleet of standard-floor diesel buses. Total contract value is approximately $14 million.
Separately, Qingdao Public Transport Group has put 40 CNG buses into service on city routes. The coastal city, which is the venue for the Olympic sailing events in 2008, plans to have a total of 856 CNG vehicles on the road by the games, with 520 of those being buses.
Transportation planning and development was a key element of the Qingdao Olympic Action Plan, and puts praimry emphasis on the use of bus-based public transportation with rail transport as secondary and taxis as a supplement.
The Qingdao Taineng Group is building four compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the city this year—a central station and three satellites. The central station is the first CNG fueling station in Qindao City, and will refuel buses.
(A hat-tip to John Baldwin!)