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GM, New Flyer deliver Canada's first hybrid bus

Posted on May 4, 2005

General Motors of Canada and New Flyer Industries delivered Canada's first new hybrid bus to British Columbia's BC Transit on Wednesday. The agency, responsible for municipal transit systems across the province, purchased six 40-foot hybrid diesel-electric buses. Three of the buses will go to the Kelowna Regional Transit System and three to the Victoria Regional Transit System. The GM hybrid system uses dual electric motors for regenerative braking that slow the bus down and capture energy into the advanced battery system. The system offers improved fuel economy and a reduction of certain emissions by up to 90% over conventional buses. BC Transit is the first transit system in Canada to put GM's advanced hybrid diesel-electric system into regular service.

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