The County Department of Transportation rolled out a half-dozen new hybrid electric, 35-foot buses produced by California-based GILLIG BAE, which will initially be deployed in Central Maui. They can carry 40 passengers and have rooftop batteries powered and restored by a diesel generator.
The buses also have a feature that allows a wheelchair to be secured in less than a minute, according to the county.
“These hybrid buses represent an investment in protecting the environment and improving the health and quality of life of our residents,” said outgoing Mayor Michael Victorino. “With improved fuel efficiency, we save money and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.”