Ford, Georgia Tech to build biofueled, hydraulic hybrid "Green Eco School Bus": "Ford Motor Company Fund have partnered to convert a school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel. Conducted by Georgia Tech, the project is financed by a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge Grant. The project focuses on converting existing school buses into hydraulic hybrids, which could reduce emissions and lower transportation costs for schools.
Shortly before lunchtime on May 13th, students at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta, GA pitched in by painting the 'Green Eco School Bus' green and organizing a drive to collect used cooking oil for processing into biodiesel to fuel the bus.
Michael Leamy, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, and his students designed and developed the 16-passenger bus' hydraulic hybrid system. Installation of the fuel-saving system is nearly complete.
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