Howard County, Md., takes delivery of hybrid buses

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Colonial Equipment Co. — a supplier of customized vans, buses and alternative fuel vehicles to the mid-Atlantic region — delivered the first order of a yearlong 25-bus contract with the Government of Howard County, Maryland.

The contract will provide the county the opportunity to replace existing vehicles in their fleet with Azure CitiBuses designed to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency. Upon award of the contract, the county immediately placed an order for eight CitiBuses and has the option to order an additional 17 over the next year.

The Azure CitiBus is a commercially available series hybrid-electric vehicle based on the Supreme Corp. StarTrans Bus Division’s HD Senator bus body that offers engine-off at stop functionality and regenerative braking. Implementation of the CitiBus as part of the county’s fleet is intended to improve fuel economy by up to 50 percent while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent. The CitiBus has completed the Altoona 200,000-mile seven-year test and meets the requirements for the Buy America and FTA funding programs.