BC Transit Finds Hybrid Transit Buses Only Marginally Better Than New Diesels

BC Transit study finds diesel engines a more cost effective option than hybrid models.

Published: 12-Jul-2007

Hybrids may be the future of engine technology, but for now, BC Transit officials believe diesel engine buses are the most cost effective for Capital Region routes.

Over a year ago, BC Transit unveiled three hybrid buses in Victoria as part of a trial to gauge their reliability and efficiency.

Officials optimistically believed that the introduction of the new technology would, “set the standard for fuel efficient, environmentally friendly bus fleets in Canada.”


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