To "Allisdair" the electric bus, as they have outlined it would not need
the diesel hybrid component. The idea here is to recharge the batteries at each
bus stop. Theoretically you could make the bus lighter and more efficient this
way because the batteries needed would not need to hold as much power as a
hybrid car. These shuttles circle the campus and have less than a mile between
stops.The bus will suffer during the winter when you try and heat
them, and again during the summer if you try and run the AC.Another
thing that is not factored in is the cost of maintenance. With an electric bus,
you don't have as many parts to maintain.
A local bus company has developed a Hybrid Bus. It uses an on-board 2L diesel
engine to charge the traction batteries. There is no reason you could not use a
natural gas fueled engine. The bus has been running for 2 years and is being
This is a great chance to test the different power systems, the electric
charging plate while convenient might prove to be inefficient requiring an
extended charging time over that of a straight forward power plug. My bet is
that natural gas will be the winner.