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1.08.2008

Hybrid Diesel Bus


While it's not a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, it is a bus that the City of Tallahassee should consider.

The Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) introduced its first diesel-electric hybrid bus to the fleet on Aug. 7, with plans to add 29 more hybrids.

When the bus accelerates from a stop, the battery-powered electric motors assist the diesel engine for powerful acceleration. Once under way, the engine-driven generator charges the batteries. This results in a fuel cost savings of 25 - 30 percent in diesel fuel or an average reduction of 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.

Emissions will be reduced by more than 90 percent on some items as compared to conventional diesel-fuel engines, including 97 percent lower carbon monoxide emissions.

Plus, the noise level is half that of a conventional diesel bus.


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