Being an official reviewer for DOE’s Annual Merit Review for Vehicle Technologies projects, I have a front seat to the future…
May 31, 2018 | Atlantic City Lab
There has been at least significant technological progress in the school bus industry, especially in powertrains. The EPA implemented new cleaner diesel standards in 2006, and about 40 percent of the current bus fleet is equipped with newer “clean diesel” technology, which “virtually eliminates nitrogen oxides and particulates,” says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. (In other words, the buses still guzzle fossil fuel, but release fewer emissions and adhere to EPA standards while doing so.) Only one percent use natural gas, two percent use gasoline—and less than one percent are electric.