Jun 27, 2013 at 9:53 am
A three-year study of electric-diesel hybrid buses in grand forks shows they save the city money but cost the federal government some green. The study focused on fuel and maintenance costs of two 35 feet hybrid models and a pair of diesel counterparts on similar routes. The savings from fuel alone with the hybrids was nearly 17-thousand-600 dollars. Transportation superintendent dale bergman says the fuel savings covers the added cost of buying the hybrids but only because the federal government pays 83-percent of the new bus bill.
Bergman says when you add the federal share to the cost of the green buses there is no real payback. Maintenance costs have been nearly identical to date. The report suggests the hybrid models average nearly six miles per gallon while the diesel fleet is less than five m-p-g.