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RPN Members Boost Hybrid Fleets

February 06, 2008

Source: source: Hybrid Vehicles newsletter

While Seattle and King County are seeking to boost their hybrid fleets through plug-in technology, New York City is adding numbers to its hybrid bus fleet.

Seattle, already home to one of the largest hybrid electric bus fleets in the country, is now looking into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). To that end, thirteen second generation Toyota Prius passenger sedans owned by the city, King County, the Port of Seattle and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will be converted to PHEVs capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon.  The conversion is part of a year long demonstration project to test their performance in urban driving and evaluate PHEV/electrical grid integration issues.

Meanwhile, MTA New York City Transit is ordering 850 new Orion VII Next Generation diesel hybrid electrical buses (HEBs), bringing MTA’s HEB fleet to almost 1700 buses and making it the largest HEB fleet in the world.  Compared to standard diesel buses, the HEBs deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy and cut emissions of particulate matter by 90 percent and nitrogen oxides by 40 percent.

For more information on hybrids and other ways to make your fleet greener and more efficient,  see the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Light-Duty Fleet Vehicles.

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