Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hottest year ever update from Ontario: Planet-healing buses fail to run in bitter cold weather

New buses leave students in the cold?
It would seem today's modern fleet of school buses hasn't been built for Northern Ontario weather.

According to the Sudbury Student Services Consortium, there is a problem with vehicles manufactured after 2010 which makes them hard to run in cold weather.

Changes to the engine design to make them more energy-efficient has had the unfortunate side effect of turning diesel fuel into gel in the extreme cold.

That's exactly what happened Jan. 23, when school buses were cancelled because of record cold temperatures, which dipped below -36 C.

Students are also complaining of being cold on these buses because the engines aren't able to run the heaters properly on such days.

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