Hy­brids cap­ture 40% of tran­sit bus mar­ket in North Amer­ica

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An in­dus­try re­port says Hy­brid buses are gain­ing North Amer­i­can and Asia-pa­cific mar­kets and have cap­tured al­most 40% of the tran­sit bus mar­ket in North Amer­ica. This trend will con­tinue un­til 2018. Low­ered tailpipe pol­lu­tant emis­sions plus an im­proved fuel econ­omy have jump­started the hy­brid bus mar­ket in North Amer­ica. CNG con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar clean op­tion for the US bus sec­tor and is also mak­ing head­way in other heavy duty mar­kets. Europe is be­hind North Amer­ica on hy­brid bus de­ploy­ments, but stim­u­lus fund­ing in the United King­dom has spurred a 50% in­crease in the sales of hy­brids over the last few years. Ger­many has an on­go­ing hy­brid bus demon­stra­tion pro­gram, though re­sults have been mixed. China is fore­cast to ex­pe­ri­ence the largest hy­brid bus sales an­nu­ally, rid­ing on its sheer bus-mar­ket size, despite hy­brids cap­tur­ing a much lower mar­ket share there than in the US.

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