These Japanese buses are definitely hybrids, but it has nothing to do with their power. These things are bus-train hybrids. The vehicles are designed to run on the roads in less dense areas (where there are no train lines, but also not much traffic) and then easily pull onto a train line, pop down it's metal wheels and speed down the rails during rush-hour traffic in high-density areas.
The design allows for economical and speedy mass transit in a country that sorely needs it. The Bus-Train will be hitting the rails in 2007, servicing a tourist route. But the JR Hokkaido hopes to use them mainly to bring mass-transit into rural areas.
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