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Compressed Natural Gas
In 2012, the Authority undertook a detailed analysis at alternative fueling options. On September 27, 2012 the Authority unanimously resolved to begin a project to convert a portion of the fleet to compressed natural gas. A copy of the report is available by clickinghere. The Authority will install a CNG fueling station at our new operations center currently under construction. Additionally, Wave Transit will begin ordering buses powered by CNG in 2015. Eighteen CNG buses are expected to be added to the fleet by 2018. The conversion makes good economic and environmental sense. Fuel costs are projected to be over 50% lower and emissions of CO2 and particulate matter are greatly reduced. Stay tuned for additional information as the project progresses.
In 2010 Wave Transit introduced two diesel-hybrid buses to its fleet. The thirty-five foot heavy duty buses were manufactured by Gillig Corp. of Hayward, California. The diesel-hybrid propulsion system is powered by the Alison Hybrid EP40. This technology features two-mode compound split parallel architecture with two paths – a pure mechanical path and pure electrical path – to achieve the highest energy efficiency.
Prior to purchasing the hybrid vehicles, Wave Transit polled systems that used the technology in an effort to gauge fuel efficiency and other factors that contributed to the sustainability claims made by the manufacturer.
The Authority also currently utilizes two Ford Escape hybrids as part of the non revenue fleet. Hybrid buses, vans and cars will continue to be evaluated to determine the most efficient and economical alternatively powered vehicles. The Authority is currently monitoring fuel savings, increased brake life and other maintenance costs to determine if hybrid technology is economical and efficient. The Authority is committed to sustainability and evaluation of multiple options will produce an environmentally sensitive fleet that meets the needs of our passengers and the community.