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Green Initiatives for Today’s Motorcoach Operators


Beyond the road, the motorcoach industry is making an added effort to “go green;” operators can elect to upgrade their facilities as well as vehicles in ways that are more environmentally conscious.

Denver, CO, July 23, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The new owner/operator-driven Motorcoach Council has become the industry’s latest voice, designed to educate the traveling public as well as motorcoach operators and industry participants about the availability, selection, usage and benefits of motorcoach transportation throughout North America.

"Motorcoaches reduce congestion and pollution by taking more than 425 million cars off the road each year. Coaches provide the same congestion mitigation benefits as transit buses in that we have the capacity to take up to 55 cars, per coach, off the road at one time,” says Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association.

“The Motorcoach has been deemed the greenest travel mode by virtue of its drastically lower carbon emissions compared to airlines, trains, and personal automobile, according to several studies,” added Pantuso.

Beyond the road, the industry is making an added effort to “go green;” operators can elect to upgrade their facilities as well as vehicles in ways that are more environmentally conscious.

The Motorcoach Council reminds its operators of “12 Ways To Green Your Facility:”

1) Use biodiesel and alternative fuels (net reduction of 5% emissions)
2) Use next generation bus technology - 2007 compliant vehicles
3) Use soy-based inks for bus wrap graphics and printed marketing materials
4) Use Energy Star rated appliances
5) Implement innovative, educational driver training programs that promote ways to conserve fuel, use smoother driving practices, and maintain efficient driving speeds (no more than 65 mph) to yield the greatest fuel economy
6) Adhere to idling restrictions on all coaches in use
7) Use "super single tires" versus two rear tires (saves weight & lowers rolling resistance, a considerable fuel savings)
8) Use ZF Astronic transmissions "automated" 10-speed manual transmissions that use computer technology to analyze road conditions, load, speed, and improve fuel economy by 7%
9) Use Detroit Diesel Series 60 Engines. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR technology) plus particulate filters can create a 90% reduction in particulate matter and a 50% reduction in NOx)
10) Utilize treated waste water for coach and limousine detailing (use oil/water separators that recycle water after separating)
11) Purchase carbon offsets to restore the ozone
12) Recycle paper, plastic and aluminum, as well as a coach's used motor oil (can be used in clean burning oil furnaces powered by used motor oil)

For additional green initiatives, or information regarding the Motorcoach Council, please visit www.MotorcoachCouncil.org .

About the Motorcoach Council, Inc.: The Motorcoach Council is an industry-wide initiative to promote public awareness of the availability, selection, usage and benefits of motorcoach transportation throughout North America. The Council is an outgrowth of a grassroots effort begun in 2007, known as the "Green Operators Motorcoach Council.”

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Motorcoach Council, Inc.
Heather Horton
720-449-9000
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www.motorcoachcouncil.org

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