(Originally posted HERE on ColumbusUnderground.com)
COTA is turning a little bit greener today as they introduce six new hybrid-electric buses into their fleet. The hybrid buses will feature a distinct design and color scheme that will help them to stand out from the standard vehicles.
“COTA is committed to making environmentally responsible choices that ensure our business practices support healthy, livable communities,” said Bill Lhota, COTA President and CEO. “Sustainable actions taken today will protect the environment for the future.”
The hybrid buses will be cycled through multiple routes every day, but primarily used on routes where speeds are lower and stops are more frequent.
“Every time the brakes are applied, the electric motor is recharged,” explained Beth Berkemer, Public and Media Relations Manager at COTA. “When the bus is kept at lower speeds, the diesel engine remains at idle with the electric motor doing the majority of the work – lowering the use of fuel.”
Bill Lhota, along with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and other elected officials will be unveiling the new buses and speaking today about COTA’s sustainability program at the the Fields Avenue Facility at 2pm.