Louisville's Hybrid Buses Live Up to Their Promise

Only downside is the higher purchase price that is not offset by fuel savings.

Published: 04-Jun-2005

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They are quieter. They get better mileage. They produce few harmful emissions. And they run like a dream.

The five hybrid-electric buses that have been on Louisville streets since last fall have so much going for them that the Transit Authority of River City has requested money for 10 more.

There is one catch, however. The diesel-electric hybrids cost more to buy than they will save on fuel.


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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