ISE Corporation (ISE) recently received an order from New Flyer of America (New Flyer) for 25 gasoline hybrid-electric drive systems to be applied in 40-foot buses. This new order will increase Long Beach Transit’s fleet of buses powered by ISE hybrid drive systems from 62 hybrid buses to 87 hybrid buses.
This order is part of the Montebello Consortium program initiated last year for the purchase of 150 gasoline hybrid-electric 40-foot buses. (Earlier post.) This is a Federal Transit Administration pooled procurement program that provides 90% Federal funding to participating agencies.
ISE’s ThunderVolt gasoline hybrid drive system was certified as an alternative fuel system by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in November 2003. More than 100 of these hybrid systems are already in revenue service in various California cities, including Long Beach, Orange County, Norwalk, Montebello, Gardena, San Bernardino, and Fresno. The Long Beach Transit gasoline hybrid bus fleet has exceeded 5 million miles of total revenue service.