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Hybrid minibus trials

Technology consortium Calstart is to buy 16 hybrid minibuses for trials in at least nine fleets across the USA. The vehicles will be 7m-long and based on Ford E450 light truck chassis with 14-seat StarTrans bodies and an Azure Dynamics parallel electric hybrid drivetrain.

The Azure hybrid system has a 5.4-litre Ford petrol engine, is designed to improve fuel consumption by  between 30 and 40 per cent and cut carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent in city operation.

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