August 30, 2010
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IndyGo to Expand Hybrid Bus Fleet
IndyGo in Indianapolis, IN, is preparing to integrate 22 new 40-foot low floor buses from Gillig—11 of which operate with hybrid-electric technology—into its fleet in January 2011. They will replace 25 Gillig 29-foot buses from 2000 that have met Federal Transit Administration retirement requirements.
“We’re very excited about adding these ‘green machines’ to our fleet as they will further accelerate our company-wide ‘Go Green’ sustainability initiative,” said IndyGo President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Terry. “Bus service, in general, is a ‘greener’ way to travel, but these hybrids will do even more to reduce the environmental impact on the city as well as lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.”
The agency purchased the vehicles, at $381,399 each, with local funds and a $5.1 million federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The decision to convert 11 of the buses to hybrid operation, which costs $189,757 for each upgrade, came after IndyGo received an Electric Hybrid Grant initiated by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).
Each IndyGo hybrid bus combines a Cummins diesel-fueled combustion engine with a battery-powered electric motor, allowing better fuel economy and far fewer emissions than a conventional bus. A regenerative braking system, which allows the buses to capture and store energy while stopped, leads to reduced fuel consumption. IndyGo will mark the hybrid buses with its “Go Green” logo.