Kentucky's Hybrid School Bus Fleet is Leading the Nation, Cutting Fuel Costs

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Monday, January 9, 2012

A statewide push to use more hybrid electric school buses could save Jefferson County Public Schools more than $75,000 a year in gas.

And that amount could rise as the district adds 18 more of the fuel-efficient buses this spring, bringing its total to 50 — more than any other district in the country.

The hybrids, which use both diesel fuel and electricity, were purchased in 36 districts throughout the state during the past year using federal stimulus money as part of a statewide experiment to see if they can save schools money and reduce the impact on the environment.

Kentucky has nearly 160 hybrid electric school buses, more than any other state, and it plans to add about 50 more as other districts express interest. And so far, reports of gas savings are encouraging.

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