Allison Transmissions has announced it is part of a winning tender to supply 30 Eldroado 10 metre hyb rid buses to  the city of San Francisco, again signaling the pivot the automatic transmission manufacturer is making as the world starts moving to zero emission transport operations.

San Francisco’s public transport authority, SFMTA, has awarded a contract to ElDorado for 30 electric hybrid E-Z Rider II model heavy-duty transit buses, which will us the Allison H 40 EP hybrid systems which the company claims will reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent compared with a conventional diesel bus.

It also says the Hybrid drive system will facilitate quieter operation as well as reducing CO2 emissions, helping to protect the environment.

In addition Allison says the H 40 EP Series is equipped with regenerative braking that converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy to stored electric energy when decelerating or stopping, reducing the dependance on service brakes.

The company says the ElDorado the electric hybrid buses are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2022.

“ENC is excited to partner with SFMTA and Muni on these buses which will utilize the Allison Hybrid EP™ system which dramatically reduces both diesel fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as compared to a conventional diesel transit bus,” said Mike Ammann, vice president of sales for ElDorado National. 

Meanwhile  Allison’s vice president of North America sales, global channel and aftermarket, Rohan Barua said the company was proud to support SFMTA in its efforts to modernize its fleet with ENC.

“Allison’s electric hybrid solutions for transit buses are proven to demonstrate bottom-line operating benefits for municipalities and fleets all over the world while delivering industry-leading performance, reliability and durability, for nearly two decades and over several million miles of operation.”

Allison  says it has delivered more than 9,000 electric hybrid propulsion systems serving 230 cities in 43 states across the USA,  which have accumulated more than six billion kiometres, saving more than 1360 million litres of fuel, and preventing 3.4 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.