Lansing, Michigan - Dean Transportation is currently operating four hybrid electric school buses in Michigan. These vehicles primarily operate in Lansing and Grand Rapids and are the first of their kind to operate within Michigan. In addition, they are the first of their kind to be manufactured in the United States. All four vehicles are manufactured by Thomas Built School Bus and have an Eaton Corporation hybrid system installed. The vehicles operate on battery for the first 15 miles per hour and on a traditional diesel engine after that.
Lansing, Michigan - All Dean Transportation vehicles are equipped with global positioning systems (GPS). GPS systems increase student safety, route efficiency, driver accountability and reduce fuel usage. In addition, all vehicles have child reminder systems on board. Child reminder systems ensure a driver completes a post trip inspection for sleeping children. If the driver does not walk to the rear of the vehicle to check for a sleeping child, the vehicle will produce an audible and visual alarm.
Lansing, Michigan – Dean Transportation has earned the National School Transportation Association’s (NSTA) Green School Bus Fleet Certification – GOLD LEVEL. This certification recognizes Dean for their commitment to improving the environment through cleaner school bus fleets and company-wide practices to reduce engine exhaust emissions and conserve fuel.
By Tamera Nielsen for Lansing Business Monthly
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