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Are the hybrid buses cost effective for Wave Transit?

Julian March
Wave Transit bus

The hybrid buses get 4.64 miles per gallon. (StarNews file photo)

The hybrid buses save on fuel costs, said Albert Eby, the executive director of Wave Transit. The hybrid buses get 4.64 miles per gallon, and diesel buses of a similar size run at 3.59 miles per gallon, Eby said.

The buses feature “regenerative braking,” which means the heat from braking is captured and used to charge the batteries.

“As the cost of fuel rises, so does the economic value of hybrid buses,” Eby said.

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2 Responses to “ Are the hybrid buses cost effective for Wave Transit?”

  1. On January 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm Robert wrote:

    I would think that the extra cost of the bus nullifies any saving in fuel. At only about 1 mile per gallon savings the buses will have to go 100,000 miles to break even and that doesn’t include the extra maintenance cost.

  2. On January 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm Bill wrote:

    Yes, they may get 1mpg better, but how much extra do these buses cost in the first place? How much more does it cost to maintain them? How much more do parts cost for them? How long do the batteries last? What happens and how much does it cost when the batteries need to be replaced. These are all factors that need to be considered when comparing the two different buses. Makes you wonder if that extra 1mpg is worth all the extra cost associated with it. Same thing goes for all the new “electric” cars.

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