Azure Dynamics Corporation has received an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for 10 hybrid buses with an option for 15 additional buses at a later date. PennDOT has ordered the 18-passenger Azure/StarTrans Hybrid Para-transit Citibus for delivery in 2008.
The Azure Series-Hybrid CitiBus system specified by PennDOT has such attributes as engine-off driving while electronically supporting key ancillary functions such as air-conditioning, power steering, and braking. The powertrain, with a GM Vortec 4.8L engine, offers more than a 40% improvement in fuel economy and a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in city conditions. This powertrain also offers a 25% reduction in engine maintenance and a 75% reduction in brake maintenance versus conventionally equipped competitors.
The first 10 Azure Dynamics Para-transit hybrid buses ordered by PennDOT will be operated by Rabbit Transit in York County PA and will expand its shared-ride program.
The PennDOT contract was awarded via Arcola Bus Sales.