Azure Dynamics Corporation announced it 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 eighteen passenger Azure/StarTrans Hybrid Para-transit Citibus for delivery in 2008.
"Azure's hybrid technology continues to gain traction with proactive fleet managers who value our performance, significant fuel economy improvements, emissions reductions and long-term maintenance cost savings," said Scott Harrison, Azure Dynamics' Chief Executive Officer. "We see the PennDOT order as further validation that our technology answers stringent market demands."
The Azure Series-Hybrid CitiBus system specified by PennDOT has unique attributes like engine-off driving while electronically supporting key ancillary functions like air conditioning, power steering and braking. The powertrain, with a GM Vortec 4.8L engine, offers over a 40% improvement in fuel economy, and a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in city conditions. The powertrain also offers a 25% reduction in engine maintenance and a 75% reduction in brake maintenance versus conventionally equipped competitors.
The first ten 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. The Azure bus purchase advances PennDot's strategic focuses of balancing social, economic and environmental concerns in transportation programs for optimal effectiveness and efficiency of services offered.