Hybrid Buses Not Showing Promised Fuel Savings

Honolulu's new hybrid-electric diesel buses not in service long enough to determine any potential fuel savings, but other cities reporting disappointing results.

Published: 14-Jan-2005

Honolulu's new hybrid electric-gas buses are cleaner and quieter than the old diesel models — but that doesn't necessarily mean they are more fuel efficient.

When the new buses were unveiled here late last year, city officials said they were expected to provide about a 50 percent savings in fuel costs.

But that doesn't appear to be the case.

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