New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New York Metropolitan Transit Agency is giving up on a failed attempt at hybrid transportation.
The MTA’s electric revolution is grinding to a halt.
The agency hasn’t purchased an electric-diesel hybrid bus in three years, and as many as 389 — 23 percent of all its hybrids — could be retrofitted with new diesel engines soon.
The city actually has little choice, since hybrids haven’t worked very well.
Maintenance workers are constantly repairing hybrid engines.
“The electric-traction motors are burning out. They’re so expensive to replace that it’ll be cheaper to stick a diesel engine in there.”
A July 2012 contract between the MTA and Indiana-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. confirms that the MTA is evaluating how to convert hybrid buses to a “diesel-engine-only application.”
President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg are calling on government to reduce emissions by using cleaner fuel sources and adopting more efficient fuel standards.
The reality is - hybrids just ain’t workin’ in Nanny Mayor Bloomberg’s bus fleet.