Hybrid buses typically show performance levels comparable to their non-hybrid counterparts. Acceleration is smoother and faster due to increased low-end torque characteristics. For the urban environment, hybrid technology represents a major step forward, with emissions of pollutants half that of the very best diesel buses, while noise levels are considerably lower.
More transit agencies in the U.S. are purchasing hybrid buses to save money in operating and fuel costs. And with the federal government announcement of nearly $930 million in transit grants nationwide by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on October 2011, there are now funds available to help. This is good news for hybrid buses manufacturers because transit authorities represent a very large percentage of their business. Other applications include privately owned hybrid shuttle taxies, charter buses, and school buses.