RIPTA unveils hybrid vehicles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The first of 63 new buses and 10 new trolleys were dedicated at Kennedy Plaza in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Senator Jack Reed and Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

Both the buses and the trolleys are hybrids that use a combination of diesel fuel and battery power. The vehicles do not have to be plugged in, says RIPTA general manager Al Moscola.

"When the battery pack needs energy, the diesel engine will go on and power the battery pack," Moscola says. "So there's no plug in."

The new hybrids are expected to save 30 percent fuel, be kinder to the environment and provide a quieter ride for commuters.