Operator plans hydrogen fuel retrofit of buses to reduce emissions

A Canadian company committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions plans to convert several diesel coaches to use hydrogen as a secondary fuel source. 

Diversified Transportation is partnering with Diesel Tech Industries (DTI), an Edmonton-based company with 20 years in the transportation technology field. 

“Motorcoaches already have the lowest carbon footprint compared to cars, trains or air travel,” Diversified Transportation said in a statement. “However, we strongly feel the industry should be leading the charge in the move to greener alternatives. At Diversified, we recognize the critical role the transportation sector plays in this sweeping global transition. Decarbonizing the motorcoach industry is a major priority, and we welcome partnerships that share our vision.” 

David Richards, General Manager, Employee Transportation with Darren Rivet, CEO of Diesel Tech Industries (DTI)

Diversified Transportation’s investment in new technology comes as the Canadian government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, ensuring that the transportation sector will play a vital role in that transition.

Retrofitting diesel engines

Earlier this year, DTI launched the Guardian Hydrogen-Conversion System, which adds an adaptation to an existing diesel engine so it can accept hydrogen as a secondary fuel source. 

The most significant upside of this new technology is the ability to retrofit Diversified’s diesel engines. This not only makes them more cost-effective by reducing diesel fuel consumption, but it also ensures a positive environmental impact by using hydrogen, a more self-sustaining and effective fuel that produces incredibly clean emissions.

Kelly Wry, Business Development and Rebecca Goldsack, COO along with Darren Rivet, Tim Lindsay, Vice President Employee Transportation and David Richards.

DTI says the Guardian Hydrogen-Conversion System allows clients like Diversified Transportation to maximize the efficiency of their existing fleet before replacing engines, trucks or other commercial vehicles.

The Guardian Hydrogen-Conversion System also generates an online database where reports can be viewed for multiple purposes, such as greenhouse gas emission reports, fleet management, international fuel tax agreement reporting, budgeting, and reports to regulatory bodies.

Diversified Transportation is part of the Pacific Western group of companies, which is owned by Student Transportation of America, whose majority shareholder is CDPQ. Diversified provides school bus, employee, transit, and coach transportation services to customers throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Yukon. 


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