While most towns considering a switch to hybrid-electric buses are worried about reducing their fuel costs and improving air quality, in Vail, CO, the switch to hybrid electric diesel buses is most likely motivated equally as much by public relations. The first hybrid-electric bus went in to service last Wednesday, and the town plans to buy nine more over the next four years. This move goes hand in hand with Vail's recent decision to get all of its electricity from wind power. Clearly, Vail's tourism business has a lot to gain from a healthy environment. Tourist's awareness of the environment is also becoming a factor in deciding a travel destination, as was the case with April Jean-Baptist and her husband. Lets hope many more towns follow Vail's lead, for economical, environmental or public relations reasons.
[Source: Summit Daily News]