Sept. 3, 2008
MONCTON (CNB) - Moncton students will be travelling on New Brunswick's first hybrid school bus when it goes into operation tomorrow.
The 72-passenger bus, manufactured by IC Corp., uses a diesel engine and a battery-powered electric motor. Depending on the route of the bus, the manufacturer suggests a fuel savings of 20 to 50 per cent as compared to a traditional school bus. Particulate emissions could be reduced by as much as 90 per cent as compared to a regularly powered diesel bus.
The bus has been purchased as a pilot project. Its performance will be measured against the 85 recently purchased school buses that went into service this week.
"My department is working continuously to be a leader in green transportation, and this new bus is part of our work to make the New Brunswick government fleet a model user of alternative fuel technologies," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry.
Landry added the departments of Transportation and Education chose to pilot the new bus in Moncton because hybrid buses perform best in urban areas. Furthermore, Moncton is home to one of the province's two IC Corp. dealerships.
"Protecting our environment is very important to our government," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "I am proud to work with my colleagues on this important pilot in support of green student transportation."
The Department of Transportation received $180,000 for the new bus through the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Fund.
"New Brunswick must achieve a sustainable environment that will enable our communities to continue attracting more people, businesses and investment to be self-sufficient by 2026," Environment Minister Roland Haché said. "This second hybrid school bus in Canada will bring a significant reduction in green house gas emissions and help our province reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan."
The province launched the five-year plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Transportation, 506-453-5634; Jordan O'Brien or Angelique Binet, communications, Education, 506-444-4714; Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Environment, 506-457-7202.