24 Aug '12, 11pm

Napa Not Happy as Hybrids Stand Idle

Napa Not Happy as Hybrids Stand Idle

August 24, 2012 batteries , Electric Drive Napa Not Happy as Hybrids Stand Idle Banned Green Rails Seen as Effective First Responder Alerts Five fuel-saving OEM hybrid school buses with factory green rub rails are out of service in Napa, Calif. because the California Highway Patrol insists that the rails be black. California’s Napa Unified School District maintains that the green rails on its new hybrid buses enhance safety. That’s the word from Ralph Knight, transportation supervisor for the Napa Valley Unified School District, north of San Francisco. He concedes that as the school year gets into full swing and student transportation demand picks up, he’ll put black vinyl tape over the factory green rails on Napa USD’s five Thomas Builts – as he’s already done on two Ford Azure Dynamics Balance buses he’s needed for wheelchair access. Napa USD has already covered the rub ...

Full article: http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/electric-drive/2012/08/napa...

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