Last Tuesday, October 11, MTD hosted an event to celebrate our twelve new 2016 diesel electric hybrid buses. But MTD, you may be asking, since you had hybrid buses since 2009 what’s the big deal about these ones? Great question, dear reader.
Continue Advancements in Hybrid Technology
MTD’s mission is “leading the way to greater mobility” and one of our seven goals is to “deliver high quality traditional and innovative transportation services that are safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and user friendly.”
Our continual investment in hybrid buses is one way MTD is making good on its promise to become an environmental leader in the community. With the addition of twelve newly acquired 40-foot hybrid buses, MTD’s fleet is now 60% hybrid. The new buses operate with a propulsion system that is fully electric with environmental savings of approximately 15,600 gallons of gas and 325 tons of CO2 annually.
“We made the commitment to improve our environmental impact and with the addition of these new buses, MTD is now 60% hybrid,” said Karl Gnadt, Managing Director of MTD. “As our ridership continues to be around 13 million, our fuel consumption has decreased and we anticipate that progress of heavy ridership and less fuel to continue well into the future.”
MTD’s event was attended by several outside visitors including representatives from BAE Systems. The new buses have BAE Systems’ HybridDrive® Series, and the new bus additions produce near-zero emissions while also significantly reducing noise pollution.
Local Energy Engineer with SC-B Consulting, Todd Rusk said, “MTD’s Environmental and Sustainable Management System has significantly improved its impact on the community, and these new buses make a giant step toward MTD being a community environmental leader.”
Champaign County Proud
Adding to the benefits to the Champaign-Urbana community, Clifford-Jacobs Forging, located in Champaign, was among the supply chain working with BAE to manufacture the buses. This increases both the environmental and economic impact on the community.
Additional amenities on the buses include USB charging ports, a front bike rack, low floor with easy ramp access, and more. “Our vision for the future is to continue to make a positive impact on the Champaign-Urbana community,” says Karl Gnadt, “that includes both environmentally and in the number of riders we serve.”
To learn more about the buses and the event, read this News Gazette article. And of course, we’d love to hear what you think of buses 1601 through 1613! Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter.