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.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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