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CityLink Receives Two Additional Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses

CityLink recently received two additional 40’ New Flyer Xcelsior® diesel-electric hybrid buses.  The new buses are identical to the hybrid buses CityLink received in late 2016.  Manufacturing of the new buses began in Winnipeg, Manitoba and they were completed in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  The buses were purchased with the assistance of an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Capital Grant, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Clean Fuels Program (5308) and FTA Urbanized Area Formula Grant (5307).
CityLink’s diesel-electric hybrid buses use both bio-diesel fuel and an electric battery.  The buses have a smaller Cummins engine that is certified for mass transportation use, and an Allison hybrid propulsion system.  The battery used in the buses stores energy and recharges when the bus decelerates.  When the demand for power exceeds the battery’s capacity, the diesel engine provides the extra energy needed to keep the bus running.
Diesel-electric hybrid buses can reduce emissions by up to 90% when compared to conventional diesel-fueled buses and they reduce vehicle noise throughout the entire operating range.
The buses have a maximum seating capacity of 40 and can accommodate two wheelchairs at the front of each bus.  The only difference between the new diesel-electric hybrid buses and the two original hybrid buses received by CityLink are the bicycle racks.  The new hybrid buses arrived with bicycle racks affixed to the front each bus, and the racks have the capacity to hold up to three bicycles at one time.  CityLink chose this option over the standard two-slot bicycle racks due to an increased usage of bicycle racks on the fixed route buses.
The new diesel-electric hybrid buses are currently under inspection by the CityLink Maintenance Department and they are expected to be added to the fleet by early to mid-July.

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