Escanaba Firm Puts Green Tech on Buses

Three Michigan cities are trying out new technology to make their buses greener thanks to $538,000 in federal stimulus funds and an Upper Peninsula company. Engineered Machined Products, based in Escanaba, MI, is installing mini-hybrid thermal conversion kits on 19 buses in Bay City, Battle Creek, and Saginaw. The technology, originally developed for the U.S. Army to make its fleet more efficient by reducing engine overheating, increases fuel economy by 3 to 10 percent, according to Engineered Machine Products. Fuel savings alone can amount to as much as $2,000 per bus annually, the company says.

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