New York City Leads Way in Hybrid Bus Transit Fleet

Some 900 out of the 6,000 buses in the New York City area are diesel hybrid-electric vehicles, another 1,100 are fueled by natural gas.

Published: 31-Dec-2008

When you think of clean air, environmentally-friendly vehicles and fuel efficiency, you probably don’t think of the fleet of buses that navigate the crowded streets of Manhattan.

Well, here’s the surprise: About 900 out of the 6,000 buses in the New York City area are hybrid fuel vehicles (using diesel fuel and electric batteries) and approximately 1,100 buses run on low-emission natural gas. And the hybrid fleet is growing.

By the end of 2009, NYC Transit and MTA Bus will add 850 new low-floor hybrid electric buses to their clean fleets.


For more than 20 years, Porsche has paid annual fines totaling $57 million for failing to meet the federal corporate average fuel economy standard. In 2006, it was fined $3 million for its fuel-thirsty Cayenne and $1.6 million for its cars.

The 2009 model will be the first small SUV to use the powerful new hybrid system GM recently unveiled in its large SUVs and pickups.

The newly developed full parallel hybrid system will consist primarily of the battery unit positioned in the luggage compartment, the power electronics, and the hybrid module between the engine and transmission comprising an additional clutch and the electric motor.


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