Eaton Corp. was part of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, along with the Kentucky Department of Education, that received the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group, a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign to reduce pollution emitted from diesel engines.
The KCFC team provides hybrid-electric school buses to the state of Kentucky under a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Eaton assembles the hybrid system – including the clutch, electric motor, battery and six-speed automated transmission – at its facility in Kings Mountain, N.C.
“Working with Eaton on this project has been one of the best partnerships we’ve ever had,” says Melissa Howell, executive director of the Kentucky Fuels Coalition. “The thing I love most is how the project has educated so many people – both adults and students – on the importance of hybrid vehicle technologies and the renewable energy industry.”
SEDC created the Visionary Leadership award to recognize projects that exemplify extraordinary leadership and serve as a role model for others to follow.
“We are honored to receive this award,” says Thomas Clark, a territorial service manager for Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “The program is a great opportunity for Eaton to work with like-minded organizations. Our group’s success with the Kentucky hybrid school bus program is a major step toward the continued development, advancement and acceptance of hybrid systems to help improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.”
As part of Kentucky’s hybrid bus program, Eaton offers special training for participating drivers, technicians and first responders. It also provides a technical overview for local communities.