Staten Island is changing over 15% of its bus fleet to hybrid electrics. Within two years, they’ll add 159 Next Generation Orion VIIs to their stash, helping to cut down on pollution and fuel use and becoming the first municipality in the whole U S of A to get these green busses.
Busses get a ridiculously bad gas mileage, and the hybrid version will boost that from 2.5 mpg to 3.4 mpg. While that’s still horrible, it is definitely an improvement. More efficient busses are a concern of many cities, especially as a way to jump much closer to carbon cutting goals. Ann Arbor grabbed a few last year, and companies are working on better hybrid versions to further clean up city transportation. Perhaps we’ll someday see a version of Toyota’s wireless electric hybrid pulling into city stops.
written by Boirs, October 19, 2008
written by arjan heinen, April 25, 2009
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