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Napa Valley USD Welcomes New Hybrids

February 6, 2012 in Hybrids by rich  |  No Comments

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.

Northern California’s Napa Valley Unified School District expects to take delivery this month of five hybrid electric school buses by Thomas Built -- the first in the state. Drivelines by Eaton.

Northern California’s Napa Valley Unified School District expects to take delivery this month of five hybrid electric school buses by Thomas Built — the first in the state. Drivelines by Eaton.

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.

A new Ford E-450 chassis, Azure Balance parallel hybrid elctric drive, and Collins-body special needs bus is readied for delivery to the Napa Valley Unified School District

A new Ford E-450 chassis, Azure Balance parallel hybrid elctric drive, and Collins-body special needs bus is readied for delivery to the Napa Valley Unified School District

The District has worked with the California Highway Patrol to be able to keep the clean buses’ distinctive green piping.


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