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June 02, 2004

GM Delivers 235 Hybrid Buses to King County, Washington

Photo of hybrid electric bus on the streets of Seattle.

A GM hybrid-electric bus takes to the streets of Seattle.
Credit: Ned Ahrens, King County

General Motors Corporation (GM) announced on May 27th its delivery of 235 hybrid diesel-electric buses to King County, Washington, home to the city of Seattle. According to GM, that's the largest order of hybrid buses yet. King County Metro Transit will operate 213 of the buses—making it the country's largest hybrid bus fleet—while Sound Transit Regional Express will operate the remaining 22 buses. The GM hybrid buses deliver 60 percent greater fuel economy than conventional transit buses, and can reduce certain emissions up to 90 percent. The new buses will begin going into service this weekend. See the press releases from GM and King County.