The state will purchased these six Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 models through the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program which received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Thomas Built’s 2010 school buses, which will replace older units in Wilson, Edgecombe, Pitt and Nash counties, meet the EPA 2010 emissions requirements.

The buses feature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology that treats the exhaust stream with a spray of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), an aqueous solution of 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water, to cut tailpipe emissions.

The use of these 2010, SCR-equipped buses, is expected to help the state reduce Nitrogen oxide (NOx) exhaust to 0.2g/bhp-hr, an 83% reduction from 2007 levels.

Tom Schaaf, general manager of Carolina Thomas, said: “I’m pleased that Carolina Thomas can deliver buses that help North Carolina execute an environmental strategy which includes vehicle replacement. The new Thomas Built buses will help improve overall fuel economy, reduce the state’s carbon footprint and enhance passenger safety.”