The sweet Southern city of Savannah has gotten North America's first hybrid streetcar rolling along its historic River Street in time to lead the parade this Tuesday celebrating Climate Action Week. The trolley was re-engineered and refurbished in Altoona, PA by TranSystems and will run on biodiesel derived, in part, from used cooking oil from some of the city's many restaurants. Although the drivetrain is pretty high-tech and it has modern touches like wheelchair accessibility, it sports a nostalgic early-20th-century look and is the first streetcar to grace Savannah since 1946. It will be integrated into the city's transit system and will carry up to 100 passengers at a time over a mile-long stretch of the riverfront.

The parade, also featuring many of the city's other green vehicles like bikes and electric scooters, highlights Climate Action Week which is a national "week of action" organized by International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and Climate Communities. Hit the jump for a pair of videos showing off this old-time modern marvel inside and out.

[Source: The Creative Coast Alliance]




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