Bus Fleet Switches to Ethanol-Diesel Fuel

A public transit operation serving a Kansas county with more than 500,000 residents will substantially reduce harmful emissions without interrupting the quality or quantity of its service by converting the balance of its bus fleet to O2Diesel, an ethanol-diesel fuel blend.

“Alternative energy sources, including ethanol-diesel fuel, are currently the center of national concern over energy security,” said Alan Rae, CEO of O2Diesel. After assessing and evaluating what could be gained by switching to a cleaner burning ethanol-diesel blend, Johnson County Transit selected O2Diesel, which is engineered and designed for universal application. JCT initiated implementation in two phases, with the first assessing emissions reductions and evaluating operability in 15 percent of its 75-bus fleet and the second phase being fleet-wide conversion. In Phase I, a team at the University of Kansas independently estimated that switching JCT vehicles to the fuel blend for their remaining service life would reduce air polluting emissions in the service area by 40 tons. In addition, the team measured exhaust improvements in black smoke and opacity as high as 70 percent. “These emission improvements, along with the fact that there were no changes in vehicle operation, convinced us to make the conversion to O2Diesel fuel,” said Chuck Ferguson, JCT’s Deputy Transportation Director. To offset the added cost of O2Diesel’s ethanol-diesel fuel blend, corporate sponsors have stepped forward to fund the difference for Johnson County Transit. Other efforts include CityHome, which was launched nationally when the StarTran system in Lincoln, Nebraska converted its 67 buses to O2Diesel. “The CityHome program allows JCT to burn O2Diesel and achieve cleaner air at no additional cost,” Ferguson said. O2Diesel http://www.o2diesel.com
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