Wisconsin Schools Get Hybrid School Buses

school-busIn Ocononowoc, Wisconsin, students will be getting greener rides to school. The Oconomowoc transportation department now has 11 hybrid school buses in its fleet. The buses run on a combination of plug-in electric, inlayed solar panels on the bus roof and diesel fuel. Each bus uses diesel to start, and then switches to electric power when it reaches a speed of about 25 miles per hour.

“We’re increasing the fuel economy by 50 percent, we’re reducing emissions by 30 to 40 percent,” says Sandy Syburg, president of Oconomowoc Transport. The city paid for the original buses, and the hybrid upgrade was funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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School Bus Crash Injures 50 People in Missouri [UPDATED]


UPDATE: The driver of a pickup truck and a high school girl were killed in the accident. Authorities say the pickup truck slammed into the back of the semi as it slowed near a construction zone. Neither of the two school buses were able to stop in time to avoid the collision.

The students in the buses were members of the John F. Hodge High band, and were on a field trip to Six Flags amusement park. (8/5/10 3:55)

Two school buses crashed on a Missouri interstate I-44 near St. Louis this morning at 10:15. Fifty people have been injured and two people have been killed. The accident involved the two buses and a semi trailer and a pick up truck. The first bus ended up on top of the truck’s trailer and the second bus seems to have rear-ended the first.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said that they are helping the Missouri State Highway Patrol respond the to the incident. Emergency staff has set up a staging area not far from the site to help treat the injured immediately.

Forty-six children have been transported to a nearby hospital. “Our understanding is that there are no serious injuries,” said Ashley Wiehle, spokeswoman for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, said regarding the expected patients. The children are being brought in as a precaution, she said.

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Flying Car Takes to the Air

flying_carHuman transition occurs when revolutionary inventions take place. Case in point, the printing press, the automobile, the computer, and now the flying car. A company called Terrafugia, with the help of some MIT students, has built a flying car they dubbed the Transition.

The Transition does as its name implies. At the push of two buttons, the car will transform into a plane or vice versa.  The concept of the flying car has been tinkered with for several years. Upon winning a design contest in 2006, Terrafugia was well on its way to making their design a reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Students in India Invent an Air-Powered Motorcycle

It is no secret that India suffers from a terrible pollution problem. However, a group of engineering students may have found a solution to that problem – an economical and affordable mode of transportation that is pollution free and eco-friendly. Their answer? A motorcycle powered solely by air.

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