School Buses Plug In to Hybrid

Eleven states are rolling out Environmentally Sound fleets
By Sarah Seltzer,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2007 12:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – School buses, usually in the slow lane, are passing automobiles by when it comes to converting to plug-in hybrid power, says the Christian Science Monitor.  While plug-in hybrid cars are still a few years off,  the buses are already rolling off assembly lines, and 19 have been ordered by 11 states.

They cost more than twice as much as regular soot-spewing guzzlers, which haven't changed much in 30 years, but after the first 100,000 are in production,  prices are expected to come down enough to make them cost-efficient. "There a seismic shift in mind-set," says Randall Ray, spokesman for the Illinois company that makes the vehicles.