Northern California’s Napa Valley Unified School District is deploying new hybrid buses, employing parallel drive technology from Eaton and Azure Dynamics.
Napa Valley USD is taking delivery of five 71-passenger Thomas Built buses with Eaton drives. The join a single large International IC bus with a plug-in hybrid drive from Enova Systems.
The District is also getting two more Collins-body special needs buses, based on the Ford E-450 chassis, with Balance drive by Azure. They will supplement a single vehicle of the type that’s been in service for nearly three years.
In addition to the hybrids, Napa Valley USD operates almost three dozen compressed natural gas-fueled buses with 8.1-liter John Deere engines. All but one were built by Blue Bird.
The District has worked with the California Highway Patrol to be able to keep the clean buses’ distinctive green piping.
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