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To prepare for the innovative bus, CTTransit modified a service bay to accommodate the vehicle's special needs.
CTTransit plans on adding five more fuel cell-powered buses to its fleet by early 2009.
Additionally, UConn noted that while the company that manufactures the hybrid buses -- Allison Transmission, a division of General Motors -- claims that the fuel economy of the hybrids is 50 percent better than that of diesel buses, CTTransit data reveals that fuel economy for the hybrids was only 10 to 15 percent better.
UConn noted that CTTransit, which oversees bus service in Connecticut and is operated by the state Department of Transportation (DOT), purchased two "parallel design" hybrid electric buses from Allison Transmission in June 2003.
During the past year, CTTRANSIT said the hybrid buses were operated on Hartford-area routes and tested for fuel economy, reliability, maintenance expense and emissions.
CTTRANSIT said first-phase testing results indicate the hybrid buses, which were fueled with standard petroleum diesel, are 10 percent to 15 percent more fuel efficient than comparable diesel-powered buses, and 30 percent to 35 percent more fuel efficient that the current CTTRANSIT fleet average.
According to officials, CTTransit will test the buses, which cost approximately $500,000 each, for emissions reduction capabilities as well as fuel efficiency.
"I believe in this technology," said CTTransit assistant general manager for maintenance services Stephen Warren.