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    Proterra's electric EcoRide buses will recharge Florida's StarMetro service, quickly

    Let the electric bus revolution begin. Tallahassee, Florida transit authority StarMetro has ordered three EcoRide electric urban transit buses and a single quick-charge station from South Carolina firm Proterra. The project, funded by a $5-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, ...

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    Give up your car, get free public transportation

    Would you ever surrender your car? We don't mean to trade in your gas-guzzler for a high mileage vehicle, or swap your Toyota Prius for a Nissan Leaf, or even agree to trundling around in a G-Wiz. In this case, we're talking going automotive cold turkey. What would it take for you to make that ...

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    Switzerland to equip buses, trams with air quality sensors

    Here's a novel idea: rather than installing air quality sensors in fixed locations, why not use mobile sensors to collect data in an evenly spread-out area? OpenSense, a project run by EPFL, a federally funded institute of technology located in Switzerland, and ETH Zurich, a science and technology ...

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    GM invests $6 million in electric bus manufacturer Proterra

    General Motors Ventures has announced that it will invest $6 million in Proterra, a manufacturer of battery-electric commercial transit buses. GM Ventures is part of an investment group, led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, that will fork over a total of $30 million ...

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    Google Maps adds real-time public transit updates [w/video]

    Starting today, Google Maps for mobile and desktop applications can alert you when your chosen form of public transportation is on time or, more likely, running way behind schedule. Google has partnered with transit agencies to integrate its live updates in four U.S. cities: Boston, Portland, ...

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    Pike predicts alternative fuels will power more than half of all buses delivered in 2015

    Alternative fuel sources – specifically, natural gas, hydrogen and hybrid electric drivetrains – will gain significant traction in the transit bus sector, according to Pike Research. The trend toward cleaner buses will continue, resulting in alternative fuels powering more than 50 ...

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    Ford, Georgia Tech to build biofueled, hydraulic hybrid "Green Eco School Bus"

    The Georgia Institute of Technology and Ford Motor Company Fund have partnered to convert a school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel. Conducted by Georgia Tech, the project is financed by a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge Grant. The project focuses on ...

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    Arctic Whisper hybrid bus debuts in Sweden; uses Opbrid's Busbaar overhead charger [w/video]

    Umea, a city in northern Sweden, has just unveiled its overhead-charge capable hybrid bus, the "Arctic Whisper," which combines the zero-emissions benefits of an electric bus with the long-range capabilities of a conventional diesel coach. By utilizing Opbrid's overhead, rapid-charging ...

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    UK to fund 542 low-carbon buses with $75 million

    UK Transport Minister Norman Baker announced that the government has handed out more than £46 million ($75.3 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) to put 542 additional low-carbon buses on roads across England by March of 2012. The funds are part of the UK's drive to invest in projects ...

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    Meet the articulating Solaris Urbino 18 DIWA hybrid city bus

    Equipped with Voith's parallel DIWA hybrid system and packed to the gills with Maxwell's ultracapacitors, the Solaris Urbino 18 hybrid city bus is peoplemoving technology taken to the next level. With 51 seats and room for 161 passengers, the Urbino 18 hauls one heck of a load, while its ...

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    With gas prices spiking, transit riders could save up to $14,376 a year (some, anyway)

    With gasoline prices soaring, commuters who rely upon public transportation can now save even more cash than before, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). On March 8th, U.S. gas prices hit an average of $3.50 a gallon, but individuals who travel by bus or commuter ...

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    AEV developing e-shuttle electric bus with 83-mile range

    American Electric Vehicles (AEV) – a Colorado-based company co-founded by Dr. Dan Rivers – is developing an 18-passenger electric shuttle bus with the intention of eventually selling it in the U.S., China and India. Rivers, who co-founded the lithium-ion battery company Compact Power ...

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    Kansas City public schools purchases 47 CNG-fueled Thomas Built buses

    Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG bus
    The Kansas City Public School District is looking to green up its fleet with the addition of 47 Thomas Built HDX rear-engine buses that are fueled with compressed natural gas. The school district will pay for half of the bus purchases and the necessary CNG ...

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    Opbrid introduces Busbaar; an overhead rapid charger for hybrid, electric buses [w/video]

    Opbrid Busbaar overhead charging system – Click above to watch video after the jump
    When Spain-based Opbrid Transporte Sostenible S.L. chief executive officer, Roger Bedell, threw this quote into the company's press release regarding its overhead rapid-charging system for hybrid and ...

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    Video: Sweden's Acme Advertising creates arresting green motorcoach marketing

    50 Cars or 1 Coach ad campaign in Sweden – Click above to watch video
    Sweden's Flygbussarna Airport Coaches asked Acne Advertising to make the case for travelers to take a coach to the airport instead of a car. Instead of leading with price, comfort, or ease, Acne went for hot air and green ...

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    UK funds Low-Carbon Buses with £30 million

    The British Department of Transport has announced a new £30 million fund to help bus operators purchase low-carbon vehicles, like the new GM-Allison Two-mode hybrid system (pictured). A Low Carbon Emission Bus (LCEB) is defined as one that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent ...

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    Paris tests a new hybrid bus that uses ultracapacitors

    RATP, the public-owned company that manages most of Paris' public transport system, is currently performing tests using a hybrid bus outfitted with ultracapacitors. For now, the test buses are passenger-free. The model, called Lion's City Hybrid, is supplied by German manufacturer MAN and the ...

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    Nanjing Iveco shows off EV light bus

    Do you need a small bus to carry around 12 people and you'd rather it was all-electric? Naijing Iveco has one for you. The manufacturer starts with a previous-generation European-version of an Iveco Daily (the manufacturer is related to Fiat) and installs an electric powertrain. According to ...

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    Freight + people. A radical new bus project for London

    Click on image above for a complete gallery of the OnRoute and Freight*Bus concept
    Transport for London is looking for an iconic bus to become a heir of the Routemaster, as bendys (those accordian buses) are also common in other European cities and aren't catching on in London. One proposal caught ...

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    Strasbourg gets new hybrid buses

    France has become the latest country in Europe to get hybrid buses. The Alsatian capital, Strasbourg (which also hosts the European Parliament), received a hybrid unit from Solaris Bus & Coach company, which will start working next year. An additional unit will be introduced afterwards. The ...


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