Fort Wayne Community Schools in Indiana recently announced a partnership with Hug Filtersystems and Selking International Trucks to retrofit 24 full-size, 84-passenger school buses with diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).
“With this grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, we are able to further clean up our fleet,” said Gary Lake, director of transportation for the district. This brings the totals of DPFs in their fleet to 160.
IDEM is currently involved in numerous projects that will work to reduce emissions from diesel-powered vehicles. Hug Filtersystems will be the provider of the DPF technology.
“We are obviously very proud that FWCS has chosen Selking International Trucks and Hug Filtersystems to use our outstanding diesel particulate technology on their buses,” said Peter Bruenke, director of sales and marketing for the company.
Diesel particulate filters are designed to remove particulate matter, or soot, with a high efficiency rate of approximately 85-99 percent. Over time, the filters require cleaning; however, buses driven at low speeds in urban traffic do not typically reach the temperatures needed for regeneration.
According to Bruenke, a crucial contributor to the company’s success has been their DPF technology’s ability to “properly function with very low exhaust temperatures.”
Selking International Trucks will be conducting the installation of the filters onto the school buses.
“We are excited to be a part of this process with Hug and Fort Wayne Community Schools,” said Patrick Johnson, director of parts at Selking International Trucks.
Fort Wayne Community Schools transports approximately 20,000 students every day twice a day, which every six days, it is equivalent to the population of Fort Wayne.