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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- BP has entered into an agreement to supply the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) with a cleaner-burning diesel fuel for the agency's entire bus fleet.
At a news conference in Ann Arbor yesterday, a ceremonial first gallon of BP Emissions Control Diesel (ECD), an ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel produced at BP's Toledo, Ohio refinery, was presented to the AATA. That gallon represents the first of nearly 1 million gallons of the cleaner-burning fuel that will be used by AATA buses every year.
"Today is a good example of how government and companies can work together toward solutions to vital issues such as clean air in our cities." said Ross Pillari, president of BP America. "This new supply agreement with AATA represents the beginning of what we hope is a growing customer base in the Midwest."
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority now operates the first public transit fleet in the Midwest to run exclusively on BP's ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. Use of ultra low sulfur diesel will result in an immediate 10 percent reduction in particulate emissions in the existing bus fleet, according to BP. As newer buses equipped with next generation engine management systems and particulate filters come into the AATA fleet, emission reductions from individual buses can reach 90 percent compared to earlier operations.
BP's ECD ultra low sulfur diesel is a specially formulated fuel produced in advance of federal standards for diesel fuels set to take effect in 2006. BP ECD has been supplied to bus fleets in California for more than two years and more recently as part of a pilot program in Cleveland.