Emergency Response to Hybrid Bus Incidents

BY THOMAS CRISTA hybrid electric vehicle is powered BY an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. Propulsion can be by the engine, the electric motor, or both at any given time, depending on the system’s design.These vehicles are becoming more and more common, especially since the oil price spikes of 2008. Most automotive manufacturers have at least one hybrid vehicle in their product line, and many bus and truck manufacturers are now producing hybrid models. As of December 2008, there were 279,847 hybrid vehicles in the United States.1Bus travel is much safer than most other forms of highway transportation,2 but we still need to prepare for the inevitable. As ridership o...

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