SFMTA to Deploy 30 New Hybrid-Electric Buses

ENC, a subsidiary of REV Group, is currently delivering 30 E-Z Rider II hybrid-electric buses to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

The fleet of thirty new 32-foot E-Z Rider II buses are equipped with electric-hybrid powertrains using the Allison H 40 EP system.

Hybrid models can be used to bridge the transition from traditional combustion engines and zero-emission propulsion. These new vehicles will significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to a conventional diesel transit bus, which the SFMTA says advances its sustainability targets. The agency is also progressing with its battery-electric bus trial.

SMMTA Hybrid Bus
E-Z Rider II hybrid-electric bus
Julie Kirschbaum, SFMTA Director of Transit said:

“We have been eagerly awaiting and are thrilled to receive these new 32-foot hybrid-electric buses to the streets of San Francisco. These small but mighty buses will greatly improve service and reliability to our hilltop residents—making a big difference in dependability, sustainably and providing critical connections to major transit hubs.”

The low-floor buses feature a short wheelbase that increases their manoeuvrability, which is ideal for navigating congested metropolitan areas like San Francisco. SFMTA will operate the hybrid fleet as part of its Municipal Railway (Muni) bus service on routes will hill gradients of up to 21 percent.

Jason Moore, Vice President and General Manager of ENC said:

“Over the last 40 years, our company has been a leader in developing advanced solutions for the transportation industry. Our diverse range of alternative fuel options like the E-Z Rider II are ideal for large cities like San Francisco, which is why we are excited to begin this partnership with SFMTA and Muni.”

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