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Florida school district receives hybrid school buses.

The School District of Manatee County in Bradenton, Fla., will become the first school district in the country to receive hybrid school buses through the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project.

Manatee School District's two hybrid school buses are part of the 19 hybrid buses awarded nationwide by Advanced Energy, a non-profit corporation that initiated a buyer's consortium of school districts, state energy agencies and student transportation providers.

The hybrid school buses provide 70-100% better fuel economy and a 90% reduction in diesel engine emissions.

The buses use Enova's charge depleting system. With an overnight charge, the system uses a larger battery based on advanced battery chemistry that provides stored energy intended to be drawn down over the driving cycle, thus optimizing fuel economy.

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Date:Mar 12, 2007
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