GEORGIA ADDING 12 GILLIG HYBRID-ELECTRIC BUSES TO LOCAL FLEETS
The hybrid buses use nickel metal hydride batteries and a hybrid drive system and meet the newest clean air standards issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. ACC Transit
The 12 new low-emission diesel hybrid-electric buses are the first hybrid buses in the ACC Transit fleet. Purchased with a combination of local, state, and federal funds for $8.4 million, the new buses will replace 12 older buses that have exceeded their useful lifespan and are experiencing increased operating and maintenance costs.
The 40-foot buses are brand new 2018 Gillig low-floor heavy duty models with a new design, a new color scheme, and new branding built in Livermore, Calif. They seat 37 passengers, with six seats designated as priority seating for seniors and mobility-impaired individuals. Room is also available for an additional 24 passengers to stand.
The buses have a 96% total reduction in emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides and a 90% reduction in particulate matter when compared to the buses from 2004 they will replace. Overall, they are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 15%.
The buses feature other environmentally-friendly components. As with all ACC Transit buses, they are equipped to carry three bikes in a front exterior rack. They also use low energy light-emitting diode lights in the interior of the buses.
The buses also feature internal and external security cameras, automated passenger counters, and a new Automated Vehicle Locating system that allows customers to track buses through the MyStop app or the transit website and receive bus arrival notifications through email or text messages.