Metro "Mini-Hybrid" make Cinci debut

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Metro website.
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Metro website.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Metro's first five new "mini-hybrid" buses will go into service this week.

Despite its name, the new buses aren't so "mini" nor are they traditional hybrid buses. the 40-foot hybrids have an advanced thermal cooling system technology which will improve fuel economy up to 10%, reduce green house gas emissions and increase safety through the elimination of hydraulic fluid leaks.

Through the debut of the mini-hybrid, a cost savings of about $240,000 per bus compared to a traditional hybrid can be expected due to an advanced "electric" fan cooling system.

Metro has ordered more 40 more mini-hybrid buses, which will go into service in the next several months.

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