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Hampton Roads to Replace Trolleys and Electric Buses with Diesel Series Hybrids

The Virginian-Pilot. Hampton Roads Transit (Virginia) will spend $20.2 million on up to 40 new diesel-electric buses, replacing Norfolk’s blue NET electric buses and Virginia Beach’s red trolley service.

The NET buses, which serve downtown Norfolk, are a battery-powered fleet with limited range. They must return to HRT’s service facility every four hours for battery recharging. In heavy rains, the buses can sometimes short out, HRT has said.

On average the trolleys are 12 years old. Three need new engines, 12 have faulty transmissions, and eight do not have electronic destination signs, wheelchair lifts or air conditioning, HRT said.

HRT has already ordered two of the Optima Opus hybrids, powered by an ISE Corporation drivetrain. (Earlier post.)


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