to hybrid cars and suvs, it seems the most popular newcomers to the
environmental movement are hybrid buses. Make no mistake
about this one; hybrid bus sales are big business. While
there are daily reports of schools, universities, and smaller city
governments buying one or a few of these green machines, every few
weeks we're now hearing about larger metropolitan areas replacing their
entire fleets with hybrid-electric buses.
Here are some of the very first hybrid bus news headlines:
10/2007: New York Transit Agency To Buy 850 Hybrid Buses For $435
10/2007: SEPTA Orders 400 Hybrid Buses from New Flyer for $212 Million (Newswire)
10/2006: London's Fleet of 8,000 Buses Will Be Converted to Hybrids (London.gov)
It's only a matter of time before the majority of our nation's buses
are replaced with hybrids, and the fuel and environmental
savings will be tremendous. Current buses average only 2-3 miles per
gallon, while a hybrid-electric bus can acheive around 7 mpg.
In addition, hybrid buses cut exhaust emissions by
50-90% over their non-hybrid counterparts. Other benefits of
hybrid buses include the fact that noise levels are reduced to
those of a typical passenger vehicle, and overall maintenance costs are
reduced. It's exciting to see some major changes like these,
as we move toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
Congrats to all involved!