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.
transit agencies in the U.S.
are purchasing hybrid buses to save money in operating and fuel costs. Both
Federal and State governments have various programs in effect to incentivize
and offset the cost of hybrid buses. 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.