Two of the first 19 hybrid school buses have just been delivered to Manatee County, Florida as part of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project. Designed to test the viability of the new buses, a hybrid and a control bus will travel the same route, alternating every two weeks, for a period of two years which should equate to more than a million miles of service each.
Prototype hybrid school buses made by IC Corp. were on display at Cardinals Stadium in Arizona this past Wednesday for hundreds of school district employees. Why were the buses in Arizona? Maybe it was to drum up a sale or two. While 19 of the clean buses (compared to standard school buses, emissions are about 90 percent lower and gas mileage is between 35 and 55 percent higher on the hybrids) will be delivered to school systems across the U.S. next year, none have so far been ordered in Arizona