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Hey, the hybrid buses have hit the streets!

Hey, the hybrid buses have hit the streets!

The New Flyer articulated hybrid bus is now on the 99 route!
The New Flyer articulated hybrid bus is now on the 99 route!

The first of our hybrid buses are now on the roads!

Four articulated diesel-electric hybrid buses from New Flyer are now in service on the 99 B-Line route. We’re expecting 39 New Flyer articulated hybrids in total, and they will all be in service by September 2009. (141 hybrids are also coming in from Nova this year!)

The hybrid sticker on the window!
The hybrid sticker on the window!

How can you spot the articulated hybrids? Well, from the outside, the biggest difference is the big grey boxy hump on top of the back section. Regular articulated buses have a tiny little box on their back sections. There’s also a hybrid sticker on the window beside the front door!

And once you step inside the bus, you’ll notice the seats have fancy new vinyl upholstery, just like on the new Mark II SkyTrain cars. David Lam took a picture of the interiors in April: click here to see.

I wrote about the hybrids before and here’s the pluses again: they’ll save 15-20% in fuel consumption, and compared to the older buses, particulate matter levels (the smoke they send out) are reduced by 90-100%. The transmission of the hybrids also provides a smoother ride!

So a big thank you to Leon from our engineering department for passing along the hybrid news! Here’s three more of his photos below.

Hybrid articulated bus!
Hybrid articulated bus!
More hybrid!
More hybrid!
More hybrid!
Even more hybrid!