Austin Mayor Will Wynn and other local unveiled the new plug-in hybrid school bus the school district recently purchased. The Austin school district reportedly is the first in Texas to purchase such a bus.
It is expected that the bus will get approximately twelve miles to the gallon, which would represent an increase of 100%, as most school buses get around six miles to the gallon of diesel.The 71-passenger bus is a 2007 IC Corporation bus with a MaxxForce engine. The electric motor is built by Enova. The district purchased this bus with the help of grants from Advanced Energy, Austin Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency, through Clean School Bus Program of Central Texas.